Pol­icy aims to build cli­mate re­silience

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An am­bi­tious Na­tional Cli­mate Change Pol­icy to build a Re­silient Tonga by 2035 was launched by the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and the Min­is­ter for Cli­mate Change, Siaosi So­valeni in Fe­bru­ary. The pol­icy aims for 100 per cent re­new­able en­ergy, and in­cludes a muli­ti­tude of other goals that check boxes such as gen­der con­sid­er­a­tions and eq­uity for dis­ad­van­taged groups, along with designing cat­e­gory 5 cy­clone re­sis­tant homes. He ad­mit­ted that to aim for a Re­silient Tonga by 2035 is an am­bi­tious and a costly plan, but tak­ing into ac­count that Tonga is ex­tremely vul­ner­a­ble to the ad­verse im­pacts of cli­mate change and dis­as­ter risks, a Na­tional Cli­mate Change Pol­icy must be de­vel­oped and im­ple­mented in or­der to achieve the re­silience goals. He be­lieved that a Na­tional Cli­mate Change Pol­icy could be im­ple­mented within five years. Matangi Tonga

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