For Immediate Release
January 20, 2015
INCEPTION WORKSHOP FOR THE INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT OF THE FANGA’UTA LAGOON CATCHMENT: PACIFIC ISLAND RIDGE TO REEF NATIONAL PRIORITIES
As part of its efforts to work collaboratively with government counterparts in the Integrated Environmental Management of the Fanga’uta Lagoon Catchment, the Pacific Island Ridge to Reef National Priorities (Tonga R2R) project implemented by the Ministry of Environment & Communications, held an inception workshop today, Tuesday 20 January 2015 at the Basilica Conference room in Kolofo’ou at 9.30am.
The Tonga R2R project aims to enhance Tonga’s ecosystem goods and services (provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural) through integrated approaches to land, water, forest, biodiversity and coastal resource management that contribute to poverty reduction, sustainable livelihoods and climate resilience.
All government officials have been invited to take part where facilitated discussions were centred on the project document and the multi-year annual work plan for 2015 – 2017.
The project is expected to contribute to reducing poverty, sustaining livelihoods and increasing climate resilience. The project will help to create strong linkages between sustainable development of freshwater catchment and coastal areas and promote the implementation of a holistic, integrated management of natural resources at the catchment level.
At the conclusion of the workshop, the Tonga R2R project aims to:
Create an understanding of the content of the Tonga R2R project document across involved stakeholder.
Identify and confirm partnership engagement and support towards project implementation and committee members and their roles.
Obtain a consensus on the project activities proposed.
The same workshop will be conducted tomorrow, Wednesday 21 January 2015 to District and Town Officers, NGOs and the private sector.
For more information please contact:
Ms. Ta’hirih Hokafonu +676 8883327 / 8781234
Project Coordinator Email: email@example.com
Department of Environment
Ministry of Environment & Communications
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