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Launching of the Environment and Climate Change Portal

Time held: Wednesday 12th March 2014

At: Nukualofa

Mr. Asipeli Palaki, Chief Executive Officer for Lands, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources launched the Environment and Climate Change Portal on Wednesday 12th of March 2014 at the Moulton Hall Nukualofa.

The Climate Change Portal aims to ensure that information on Environment; Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management issues are readily accessible to relevant stakeholders in a coordinated and user-friendly manner. Mr. Palaki in his remarks said “The Environment and Climate Change divisions of the Ministry has within them enormous amount of data on the Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Risk management that needs proper database management storage. The Portal will better inform the public, Regional and International organisations on matters related to Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management in Tonga.” Mr. Palaki stated that the dialogue to establishing the portal is dated back to 2009 during a meeting of Regional Environment and Climate Change Directors in Suva Fiji.

Ms. Christine Fung stated in her remarks that “Tonga’s portal is the first amongst Pacific Island countries. Fellow Island countries should take the same approach”

On behalf of the Honorable Minister for Lands, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources and its staff Mr. Palaki acknowledged the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)/Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Programme on Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region for the financial assistance that resulted in the establishment of the Environment and Climate Change Portal.

The website designed and software development involved Mr. Roderick Bing and the Vavatau and Pasifika Technology a locally owned company operating since 2007 in Tonga and in New Zealand. The Ministry acknowledged their expertise in providing consultations, planning, costing and provisioning in the ICT services.

Attended at the launching programme was Ms. Christine Fung, Deputy Team Leader for SPC/GIZ Programme on Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region from Suva Fiji, Representative from the Asian Development Bank Office in Fiji, Deputy Director for Tonga Community Development Trust Ms. Papiloa Foliaki and representatives from the Non Government Organisations, Heads of Government Ministries and the staff of the Ministry of Lands, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources.

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