GCCA+ SUPA: Scaling up of coastal protection in Tongatapu


Women lead coastal planting and clean-up activities in Hihifo, Tongatapu

Tongatapu is a relatively flat island and much of the north coast, including the urban area of Nuku’alofa, the capital city, is only 1-2 meters above sea level and is subject to periodic flooding during heavy rain. The risk of coastal inundation and erosion is often intensified by development in the coastal area.

As part of part of the Tonga National Climate Change Awareness Week activities, more than 200 people engaged in a half-day coastal clean-up and tree planting campaign in Hihifo, western Tongatapu.

The campaign was implemented in four coastal villages: Kolovai, ‘Ahau, Kanokupolu, and Ha’atafu, a total distance of 4 km.

GCCA+ SUPA Project
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The campaign was organised by the Department of Climate Change with support from the EU-funded Global Climate Change Alliance Plus – Scaling Up Pacific Adaptation (GCCA+ SUPA) project.

The GCCA+ SUPA project is about scaling up climate change adaptation measures in specific sectors supported by knowledge management and capacity building. The 4.5 year project (2019-2023) is funded with € 14.89 million from the European Union (EU) and implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and The University of the South Pacific (USP), in collaboration with the governments and peoples of Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Tonga and Tuvalu.