Tonga lies over 1000km north west of New Zealand in the Pacific. Tonga’s economy is dependent upon tourism, agriculture and remittances from Tongans working overseas.

Its isolation and small population create numerous problems,  which are made worse by unemployment and inequality. Oxfam New Zealand has been strengthening its presence in Tonga over the last few years, working to improve livelihoods in rural communities.

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Owning Adaptation in the Pacific: Strengthening governance of climate adaptation finance

Pacific Island peoples are already feeling the effects of climate change. Living in one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate impacts, Pacific communities face no option but to adapt if they are to build a resilient future. But adaptation poses different challenges from aid programmes and the delivery of public services.

Although climate change is a global issue, its risks and impacts are felt locally, across all levels of society. This means new resources are urgently needed to support Pacific governments to lead a multi-sector response that includes accountability at all levels, bottom-up approaches and integration of traditional understanding of environmental change.

This research aims to contribute to the ongoing debate among Pacific Island countries, and the international community more generally, on ways to strengthen national governance of the funding used for adaptation in the Pacific region.

Tonga profile

Malo o lelei

Tonga comprises 169 low-lying islands scattered over 700,000 kmsq in the South Pacific. Its capital, Nuku'alofa, is situated on the largest and most densley populated island Tongatapu. 

Virgin coconut oil

Oxfam provides TNYC with equipment and expertise to help producers turn the abundant coconut crop into a high-end export product.