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 Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme

The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is the most comprehensive global database of marine and terrestrial protected areas, updated on a monthly basis, and is one of the key global biodiversity data sets being widely used by scientists, businesses, governments, International secretariats and others to inform planning, policy decisions and management.

 Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme

FAO Agriculture and Fair Trade in Pacific Island Countries. This desk study has been prepared by Winnie Fay Bell and comments were kindly provided by the Pacific Regional Organic Task Force in May 2009

 Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme

Reefs at Risk Revisited is a high-resolution update of the original global analysis, Reefs at Risk: A Map-Based Indicator of Threats to the World’s Coral Reefs. Reefs at Risk Revisited uses a global map of coral reefs at 500-m resolution, which is 64 times more detailed than the 4-km resolution map used in the 1998 analysis, and benefits from improvements in many global data sets used to evaluate threats to reefs (most threat data are at 1 km resolution, which is 16 times more detailed than those used in the 1998 analysis).

 Department of Environment, Tonga

A presentation on the challenges and opportunities of groundwater governance in Tonga by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources at the Groundwater Governance: A Global Framework for Action Regional Consultation for Asia and the Pacific Region that was held in China.

 Department of Environment, Tonga

Different reports on freshwater supply, groundwater pertaining to Lifuka of Ha'apai, Tonga.


A presentation by Mr Taaniela Kula - from the "Groundwater Governance: a Global Framework for Action"

This report describes the drilling program undertaken during November and December 1997 in the
Pangai – Hihifo and Koulo areas on the island of Lifuka. The purpose of the program was to:
* install seven water salinity monitoring boreholes;
* provide additional training for the Ministry of Works (MOW) drilling crew in the methods used in
the installation of the monitoring system used in this program; and
* instruct the local Tonga Water Board (TWB) staff in monitoring procedures.

Most of the 3000 inhabitants of Lifuka live in four contiguous
villages and have been supplied with water from a well in the middle
of the island since 1976. On commencement of operation, the water
rapidly became too salty for human consumption. The majority of the
island is low-lying and consists of highly porous, uplifted coral
limestone. Hydrogeological assessment found the fresh-water lens to be
very thin and strongly influenced by tidal mixing, sea level changes and
drought. Comparison with the morphology of Bermuda led a search for

e conuence of climate change and seismic events has created signicant environmental problems in
Lifuka, an island of 2,400 people (2011 Census) in Tonga’s Ha’apai Group. e subregion experienced an
earthquake on 3 May 2006 that measured approximately 7.9 on the Richter scale. It resulted in subsidence
of 23 cm of Lifuka Island, eectively creating instant sea-level rise. Erosion had already been already been a
problem on Lifuka for some decades; in the past 40 years, Lifuka has experienced signicant coastal erosion

The Australian Government’s Pacific Adaptation Strategy Assistance Program (PASAP) aims to assist the
development of evidence-based adaptation strategies to inform robust long-term national planning and
decision-making in partner countries. The primary objective of PASAP is: ‘to enhance the capacity of partner
countries to assess key vulnerabilities and risks, formulate adaptation strategies and plans and mainstream
adaptation into decision making’ (PASAP, 2011). A major output of PASAP is: ‘country-led vulnerability

In December 1998, Phase Two of the groundwater pollution study in Tonga was completed. This
Report summarises the activities undertaken to complete the study and presents the outcomes. The
Report relates to the conclusion of field studies commenced in June 1997 that were not completed at
that time due to lack of funds. Field studies, laboratory work and preparation of the results for this
completion of the Phase Two were conducted between August and December 1998

 Department of Environment, Tonga

Reports analysing Agriculture census data and providing detailed statistical tables that users can easily access.

 Department of Environment, Tonga

This EIA report had been prepared for the major development and upgrade of the inter-island domestic wharf located in Tongatapu Island.

This EIA report has thus been prepared by the Ministry of Environment and Communications with technical assistance from the JICA Preparatory Survey. The requirements stipulated in the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2010, and JICA’s “Guidelines for Environmental and Social Considerations (2010)” were referred in the process.

 Department of Environment, Tonga

This report provides design details and costs for the proposed long-term improvements to the water supply
system at Hihifo on the island of Tongatapu, Kingdom of Tonga. This report was part of the demonstration project under the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) programme