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30% MPAs within Tongan waters
by Tonga Ministry of MEIDECC/Ministry of Fisheries (Government)
The term MPA, as used in Tonga, encompasses an array of levels of protection and conservation purposes from areas that allow multiple use activities, to areas that restrict take and/or access. Existing MPAs require different levels of protection to achieve their management goals, and that these diverse objectives offer different values to the national system that can help meet its goals and objectives to conserve natural and cultural heritage, and sustainable production of resources found in the coastal and marine environments.

MPAs will be a neessary component of MSP, as their contribution to reducing negative impacts to ocean ecosystems is an important first step in viewing MPAs as a key component of MSP, rather than only a conservation and fisheries management tool.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
December 2020
Establishment of community-based marine managed areas
December 2020
Development of MSP
December 2020
Meet 10% no-take areas
In-kind contribution
Government staff
Staff / Technical expertise
Basic information
Time-frame: 2013 - 2020
Ministry of MEIDECC (government) Ministry of Fisheries (government) Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea (Partnership)
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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