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Status on Key Actions


PoWPA Key Action Implementation Progress Global Average
1.1: To establish and strengthen national and regional systems of protected areas integrated into a global network as a contribution to globally agreed goals 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
1.2: To integrate protected areas into broader land- and seascapes and sectors so as to maintain ecological structure and function 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
1.3: To establish and strengthen regional networks, transboundary protected areas (TBPAs) and collaboration between neighbouring protected areas across national boundaries 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
1.4: To substantially improve site-based protected area planning and management 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
1.5: To prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of key threats to protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
2.1: To promote equity and benefit-sharing 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
2.2: To enhance and secure involvement of indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
2.1: Progress in assessing protected area governance 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
3.1: To provide an enabling policy, institutional and socio-economic environment for protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
3.1: Progress in assessing the contribution of protected areas to local and national economies 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.2: To build capacity for the planning, establishment and management of protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
3.3: To develop, apply and transfer appropriate technologies for protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
3.4: To ensure financial sustainability of protected areas and national and regional systems of protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
3.5: To strengthen communication, education and public awareness 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
4.1: To develop and adopt minimum standards and best practices for national and regional protected area systems 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
4.2: To evaluate and improve the effectiveness of protected areas management 2 - Activity fully underway 1
4.3: To assess and monitor protected area status and trends 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
4.4: To ensure that scientific knowledge contributes to the establishment and effectiveness of protected areas and protected area systems 2 - Activity fully underway 1
Progress in incorporating climate change aspects into protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
Progress in marine protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1

Priority Actions

countries
1
actions
8
steps
33
timeframe
2012 - 2020
cost
$2,475,000

Develop and implement site-level management plans
2013 - 2020 $700,000
2018 $300,000 2.1) Baseline study of the protected area
2014 2.2) Identify specific realistic goals for management
2015 2.3) Develop targeted monitoring methodology
2020 $200,000 2.4) Develop management plans (with community and relevant stakeholder input)
2020 $100,000 2.5) Use monitoring results to update management plans
2020 $100,000 2.6) Implementation of management plan (at least one)
Sustainable financing and mechanism
2012 - 2020 $55,000
2017 $10,000 1.1) Develop a policy or regulation under an existing Legislation to enable the establishment of an Environment Trust Fund.
2017 $5,000 1.2) Develop an independent board to manage the trust fund (voluntary)
2015 $10,000 1.3) Develop guidelines for applications
2015 $10,000 1.4) Develop rules and criteria for approval processes of applications
2016 $20,000 1.5) Hold a Roundtable on Sustainable financing for Protected Areas
Assessing gaps in the protected area network
2015 - 2020 $140,000
2018 $60,000 3.1) Analyses of existing data
2018 3.2) Identify priorities
2018 3.3) Plot location of IUCN Red list species or nationally prioritized species
2018 $60,000 3.4) Analysis of top priority sites (rare spp. Etc.)
2020 $20,000 3.5) Report
Assessing the values of protected areas
2012 - 2016 $100,000
2015 $10,000 4.1) Identify ecosystem service to value
2015 $50,000 4.2) Valuation study of ecosystem service
2015 $40,000 4.3) Communicate results to decision makers
Assessing management effectiveness for both government and communities
2015 - 2020 $110,000
2020 $10,000 5.1) Management goals clearly identified
2020 $10,000 5.2) Monitoring measures to inform the goals
2020 $50,000 5.3) Assess whether communities can independently implement adaptive management
2020 $40,000 5.4) Comparison of PA and controlled sites
Establishing an effective PA monitoring system
2012 - 2020 $70,000
2015 $10,000 6.1) Management goals and objectives clearly identified
2020 $10,000 6.2) Monitoring indicators identified to meet goals for the different PA system
2018 $20,000 6.3) Financial mechanism
2018 $20,000 6.4) Data management mechanism
2015 $10,000 6.5) Reporting process
Developing a research programme for protected areas
2013 - 2020 $900,000
2018 $100,000 7.1) Habitat modeling incorporating climate scenarios to evaluate different areas for habitat irreplaceability
2018 $400,000 7.2) Feasibility study on rehabilitating Fanga’uta and Fangakakau Lagoon Marine Reserve
2018 $400,000 7.3) Coral Reef Resilience
Establishing transboundary protected areas and regional networks
2012 - 2020 $400,000
2013 - 2020 $200,000 Agreements with regional partners/countries on ecological corridors for whales, turtles, etc.
2013 - 2020 $200,000 Strengthen monitoring of compliance and enforcement for protected areas

GEF Projects

Tonga is a member of a constituency comprised of the following 17 countries : Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu
Name Focus Approved On Completed On Status Grant Cofinance
Implementation of Global and Regional Oceanic Fisheries Conventions and Related Instruments in the Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) International Waters 2012-06-07 Council Approved 10,200,000 USD 70,306,000 USD
PAS GEF Pacific Alliance for Sustainability Multi Focal Area 2008-04-24 Council Endorsed 375,000 USD 0 USD
PAS Pacific POPs Release Reduction Through Improved Management of Solid and Hazardous Wastes POPs 2010-03-17 PPG Approved 3,500,000 USD 3,530,000 USD
Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy Project (PIGGAREP) Climate Change 2005-06-08 Under Implementation 5,225,000 USD 20,800,000 USD
Pacific Islands Oceanic Fisheries Management Project International Waters 2005-04-06 2011-03-31 Under Implementation 11,644,285 USD 79,091,933 USD
South Pacific Biodiversity Conservation Programme Biodiversity 1991-05-01 2001-12-31 Project Closure 10,000,000 USD 4,296,000 USD
National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA) for Environmental Management Multi Focal Area 2004-10-08 IA Approved 225,000 USD 25,000 USD
National Biodiversity Conservation Strategy Action Plan and First Report to the COP Biodiversity 2001-12-20 IA Approved 318,000 USD 40,000 USD
ADB FP 2009-11-12 5,454,545 USD 10,610,000 USD
Support to GEF Eligible Parties (LDCs & SIDs) for the Revision of the NBSAPs and Development of Fifth National Report to the CBD - Phase 1 Biodiversity 2011-11-09 CEO Endorsed 6,798,000 USD 6,500,000 USD
PAS Prevention, Control and Management of Invasive Alien Species in the Pacific Islands Biodiversity 2009-01-27 CEO Endorsed 3,181,815 USD 4,430,000 USD
PAS Implementing the Island Biodiversity Programme of Work by Integrating the Conservation Management of Island Biodiversity Biodiversity 2010-03-17 CEO Endorsed 1,817,600 USD 1,960,000 USD
Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project (PACC) Climate Change 2008-04-01 Under Implementation 13,475,000 USD 39,200,000 USD
PAS Implementing Sustainable Integrated Water Resource and Wastewater Management in the Pacific Island Countries - under the GEF Pacific Alliance for Sustainability International Waters 2008-04-24 Under Implementation 9,748,136 USD 58,367,564 USD
Pacific Islands Renewable Energy Programme (PIREP) Climate Change 2002-02-01 2006-08-31 Project Closure 700,000 USD 111,000 USD
Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme (SAP) of the Pacific Small Island Developing States International Waters 1998-07-01 2005-01-01 Project Closure 12,290,000 USD 8,058,383 USD
Climate Change Enabling Activity (Additional Financing for Capacity Building in Priority Areas) Climate Change 2003-07-01 CEO Approved 100,000 USD 0
Enabling Activities for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs): National Implementation Plan for the Kingdom of Tonga POPs 2002-11-22 2005-12-31 Project Closure 386,000 USD 15,000 USD
Enabling Activities to Prepare its First National Communication in Response to its Obligations under the UNFCCC Climate Change 1999-10-27 IA Approved 325,000 USD 54,000 USD

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  • United Nations Environment Programme