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Organisations involved in climate change in Tonga now have increased capacity to implement good practice Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) in their organisations following a one day training workshop last month

The training was delivered as part of the Pacific iCLIM project’s national activities, with the aim of improving the capacity of government departments and other organisations to manage climate change-related information. 

Participants were introduced to the recently-launched IKM4CC Strategic Framework and Guidelines, and key information management issues and solutions were discussed. The training also showcased the upgraded PCCP to national users. It follows the launch of the upgraded Tonga National Climate Change Portal (http://www.climatechange.gov.to/) in June 2016.

The one day workshop was opened by Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC), CEO, Mr Paula Ma’u who said - “providing information and data on climate change is important so that the public can be aware of the issue and its impact.”

The training was attended by staff of MEIDECC, Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Tonga Community Development Trust and other NGOs.

The Tonga Department of Climate Change is the second of three pilot countries to successfully upgrade their portal using the “Starter Package” developed through the Pacific iCLIM (https://www.griffith.edu.au/research/research-excellence/pacific-iclim) project, a joint partnership  between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Griffith University.

Photo: 1 MEIDECC CEO Mr Paula Ma'u with participants and facilitators of the Climate Change IKM workshop

For more information contact: Haunani Ngata (haunani.ngata@gmail.com), Rebecca Brown (r.brown@griffith.edu.au) or Makelesi Gonelevu (makelesig@sprep.org).

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