Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications Website, 17th August 2018
Today, Tonga launches its revised Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management. Also referred to as ‘JNAP2’, the plan plays a central role in guiding the government’s continuous efforts to build resilience to climate change and minimize disaster risks.
The Hon. Poasi Tei, Minister for the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC), officially launched JNAP2 at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall today to mark the completion of Tonga’s Climate Change Awareness Week, which began with a church service last Sunday.
In his remarks, the minister said, “The Government of Tonga endorsed its new Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, JNAP2, in May 2018. With this endorsement, the government acknowledges the importance of JNAP2 and its role in helping us prioritises, coordinate and collaborate on climate change and disaster risk actions throughout the nation.”
The Honorable Minister continued, “With guidance from the JNAP2 over ten years, 2018-2028, the government aims to significantly increase Tonga’s resilience to the impacts of climate change and enhance our management of disaster risks.”