U.S. Government-Supported Training to Boost Tonga’s Resilience Against Climate Change and Natural Disasters

Nukualofa, Tonga – Today the United States government launched a training program that will strengthen the skills of local government and NGO managers to better monitor and evaluate activities associated with the second Joint National Action Plan for Climate Change and Disaster Management (JNAP2).

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Ready project, is supporting the Government of Tonga to develop the JNAP2 Monitoring and Evaluation system via the Climate Resilience Monitoring and Evaluation course delivered in partnership with the University of the South Pacific. The course was designed and piloted in 2018 by the University of the South Pacific’s School of Geography, Earth Sciences and Environment to strengthen climate resilience monitoring and evaluation in the Pacific islands.

The United States believes that true progress comes from harnessing the skills and resources that are available right here to address the needs of Tonga and this strategically important region as a whole. Through this training, we hope to impart the needed tools and knowledge that will help strengthen Tonga’s resilience to effectively respond to the effects of climate change and natural disasters.

USAID’s five-year Ready project builds the capacity of governments and institutions to develop and implement effective environmental and disaster mitigation policies, strategies and projects. Ready works in 11 Pacific island countries: Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

For more information:

Regional Public Diplomacy Officer
U.S. Embassy Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu
(679) 331 – 4466
You can also visit our website at https://www.usaid.gov/pacific-islands