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Oceans and tide workshop underway in Nuku’alofa

 

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 13/11/2017

 

The ocean is a source of livelihood for many Pacific Islands, but it can also be dangerous to the people.

 

A team from Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific – COSPPac – together with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, are here in the Kingdom to facilitate a 1 week Oceans and Tides workshop, with the Tonga Met Office and related stakeholders and partners.

 

The purpose of this workshop is to improve the knowledge of those working in sectors related to the ocean, to be able to understand the different signs of the ocean and notice trends that can help the country be prepared to withstand a disaster happening at sea or a natural disaster from the ocean.

 

Molly Powers-Tora, from COSPPac, says this workshop is just one of COSPPacs programs to assist the Pacific Islands in working wisely when it comes to the ocean, such as fishing responsibly, also for the Pacific Islands to be prepared for any disasters such as a tsunami, or the negative effects of rising sea temperature.

 

This training was opened this morning and is attended by represetatives from the Fisheries Department, Environment, Police, Climate Change, NGO’s, Tourism Businesses, and Tonga Met Officers from the outer islands.

 

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