About Us

Introduction

The Government of Tonga understands those detrimental impacts of climate change including increased temperature (atmospheric and sea surface temperature), increased intensity of tropical cyclone, heavy rainfall, drought, sea level rise, inland and coastal inundation and erosion and so forth) to its environment, people, their livelihoods and sustainable development of the country hence considers climate change as one of the priority objectives of its National Development Plan (Tonga Strategic Development Framework) and budgetary processes. During the 2012-2013 financial year, Government has allocated budget to establish the Climate Change Division within Ministry of Lands, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources. This Division was then merged with other six Divisions of the newest Ministry, the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC), which was established in July 2014.

Objectives, Outcomes & Strategies

“Improve resilience to the impacts of climate change” is the objective of the Department of Climate Change. This objective is consistent with the National Outcome E of the Tonga Strategic Development Framework (TSDF), 2015-2025.

National Outcome E: More inclusive and sustainable environment, climate and disaster resilience.

Mandate and Functions

Department of Climate Change derives its legal mandate from the Environment Management Act, 2010. The core functions of the Department under the EM Act are as follows;

Challenges

Department of Climate Change had faced challenges which greatly hindered the effective and efficient delivery of its core functions and responsibilities. These challenges included lack of human resources, budget allocated to Department during  financial year was not sufficient for staff establishment and operation of the Department, lack of political interest and support and lack of enforcement of existing legislations and policies  relating to climate change.