Tonga Cabinet

Tonga’s Cabinet approves Ocean Management Plan

Beginning in 2015 under Cabinet decision, the Government initiated the Oceans 7 Technical Committee to formalize and implement the pathway for marine spatial planning to develop and implement 30% marine protected areas within the EEZ area which aligns with the Strategic Development Framework, Convention on Biological Diversity, and Sustainable Development Goal #14 (Life below Water).

The aim of the ocean plan is the “ecologically sustainable, social and economic development of Tonga’s ocean for the benefit of all Tongans.”

Diverse Tonga Cabinet aims to end division

There are two women, three nobles, three independents and five former members of the late 'Akilisi Pohiva's party.

Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa was voted in as prime minister on Friday, after he and three other members of the Democratic Party had crossed the floor.

In his campaign speech to the Legislature he said his aim was to end political divisions in Tonga.

Of the two women named, one is from outside of the Legislature.

She is Dr 'Amelia Tu'ipulotu, who heads nurse training at Vaiola Hospital and becomes the new Minister of Health.

Tonga Cabinet approves R2R’s Fanga’uta Stewardship Plan

The “Fanga’uta Stewardship Plan – A Healthy Lagoon Reflects a Healthy Land and People” is to be published in the Government Gazette.

A statement said this marks another milestone for the Tonga Ridge To Reef Project, since the project’s inception here in Tonga in 2015.

The Director of Environment Lupe Matoto said Cabinet’s endorsement is a plus for the R2R Project and the overall management of Fanga’uta.

“This will become the document which we will use as the guide to help us better manage Fanga’uta,” she said.