USAID supports programme to develop climate change monitoring skills in Tonga

The Tongan government is launching a course to develop its climate change monitoring system.

The course, the Climate Resilience Monitoring and Evaluation course, is being delivered in partnership with the University of the South Pacific.

The course was designed by USP’s School of Geography, Earth Sciences and Environment to strengthen climate resilience monitoring and evaluation in the Pacific islands.

The training programme is being supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

USAID is working on projects to help governments and institutions to develop and implement effective environmental and disaster mitigation policies, strategies and projects.

The CEO of the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC), Paula Ma’u described the training programme as a landmark.

Tonga’s Minister for Climate Change, Poasi Tei, said Tonga was exposed to multiple natural hazards and the effect of climate change.

He said there was an increasing trend of drought, sea level rises, temperature increases, changing rain patter and severe cyclones.

Hon. Tei said Tonga was ranked a one of the most at-risk countries from climate change in the world.

The main points

  • The Tongan government is launching a course to develop it climate change monitoring system.
  • The course,  the Climate Resilience Monitoring and Evaluation course, is being delivered in partnership with the University of the South Pacific.

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