The Kingdom of Tonga, an archipelago of low-lying islands in the Pacific, knows first-hand the devastating effects of climate change. Tonga is committed to climate and disaster risk management, and seeks to gain the know-how, tools, and financing needed to achieve long-term climate resilience.
Tonga has developed a strategic program for climate resilience under the PPCR to support mainstreaming climate change into national development planning and increasing climate and risk resilience of vulnerable sectors and communities.
A total of $20 million in PPCR grants and near-zero interest loans is helping to build government capacity to manage climate change and disaster risks, establish a climate change trust fund to finance small community climate change adaptation, and pilot sustainable fishing and coral reef management in Tonga’s outer islands.
A small dispersed population of 104,000 people resides on 36 low-lying islands covering 670 square kilometers
The CIF programmatic approach to investment planning and implementation brings strategic value to CIF recipient countries. Working through a transparent, country-led process, the CIF fosters trust and collaboration among government ministries, civil society, indigenous peoples, private sector, and the MDBs that implement CIF funding. Together, they translate Nationally Determined Contributions and other national development and climate strategies into an actionable CIF investment plan. Rather than one-off projects, the plan comprises long-term, sequenced investments that mutually reinforce each other and link to other critical activities, such as policy and regulatory reform and capacity building. Under national government leadership, CIF stakeholders continue to work together to implement the plan, continually assessing progress and sharing lessons learned along the way.