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JNAP Secretariat/NEMO & JNAP TASK FORCE – Meeting to discuss possible synergies of existing and future plans and programmes that can assist NEMO in this operation

The JNAP Secretariat, which is currently executing the Tonga Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management and implemented by the Ministry of Lands, Environment, Climate Change, and Natural Resources (MLECCNR), held a Meeting on Friday the 21st April 2014 to NEMO’s flood response and mitigation operation in the Atenisi area in Kolomotu’a and to Discuss possible synergies of existing and future plans and programmes that can assist NEMO in this operation.

Cabinet has approved the Joint National Action Plan (JNAP) on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management (CCA& DRM). This plan highlights the national and community priority goals and activities to be implemented to enable the people and the environment of Tonga to adequately adapt to the impacts of climate change and to mitigate disaster risks. It must be noted that the JNAP is a ‘living document’ in nature, and is flexible insofar as additions of activities under the six goals as stated in the JNAP, and implemented within the 2010-2015 timeframe.

Discussions of the meeting were focused on the following area:

The meeting was held at NEMO’s Office to discuss NEMO’s flood response and mitigation operation in the Atenisi area in Kolomotu’a and to Discuss possible synergies of existing and future plans and programmes that can assist NEMO in this operation and the Way forward.

The forum was informed that the issue of flooding is very critical and is pleased to note that the working group on Climate Change and Disaster Risk are present in the meeting to share ideas on a long term solution to address and mitigate flooding not only in the Atenisi area but also for all low lying areas in Tonga. Mr. Leveni informed the meeting that as of 11 April 2014 it is estimated that 4.5 million litres of water has been pumped out of Atenisi, Kolomotu’a. NEMO stated that currently there has been a greater concern than before from the residential area of Kolomotu’a as they are badly affected by flooding. NEMO with support from the Government were able to carry this operation. NEMO also asked for financial assistance from other programmes and donors to help in this operation. NEMO are also working towards developing greater and wider partnerships with NGOs, and views this as a great opportunity to align funding sources, as well as a means to attract donor funding through co-financing partnerships with NGOs in order to help out with this work.

The Meeting endorsed that a Cabinet Submission be drafted from the JNAP Secretariat to highlight that flooding is to be considered a top priority at Government thus making it easier to seek funding to continue this flooding operation. 

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