PLAN INTERNATIONAL IN TONGA

We’ve been working in Tonga since (2011) to increase the disaster risk management and resilience capacity at a government and community level.

CHALLENGES

The Kingdom of Tonga has a small economy that’s heavily reliant on aid and remittances from expatriates. It is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

  • 80% of Tongans live on the coast but rising tides and increasingly unpredictable weather is threatening this way of life.
  • Tonga’s very existence is under threat from rising sea levels, a threat to its culture and its people.
  • Tonga is part of the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are frequent and can trigger tsunami warnings.

HOW WE’RE HELPING

We’re working with governments and communities with a focus on including men, women and young people including people with a disability to ensure they are prepared when disaster strikes.

 

Our work in Tonga is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) as part of the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) Disaster Ready program

 

 

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