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Tonga advances science to inform decision-making
by Kingdom of Tonga (Government)
Through the Vavau Ocean Initiative, the Ministry of Fisheries (MoF), the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Risk Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communication (MEIDECC), the Vavau Governors Office, Vavau Environmental Protection Association, Waitt Institute signed Memoranda of Understanding in April 2017 to support scientific assessment and monitoring of marine resources.

This Initiative includes three major components: (1) marine scientific survey of the nearshore coral reef ecosystems in the Haapai and Vavau island groups; (2) evaluation of existing community fisheries catch data and monitoring programs; and (3) literature review of relevant marine research. These three components will support fisheries management, marine conservation, and the development and implementation of a marine spatial plan.
Progress reports
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
Marine assessment of Ha'apai and Vava'u
Guidance and evaluation of fisheries community data and monitoring programmes
In-kind contribution
Government staff
Staff / Technical expertise
Waitt Institute
Basic information
Time-frame: 05/2017 - 12/2020
MEIDECC (Government) Ministry of Fisheries (Government) Governor of Vava'u (Government) Waitt Institute (Private Sector) Vava'u Environmental Protection Association (VEPA) (NGO)
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Paula Ma'u, Chief Executive Officer, paulm@mic.gov.to, +676 28170
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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