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Tonga has been severely affected by heavy rains, cyclones, and soil erosion. 80% of the population lives on the coastline, and rising sea levels caused by climate change could destroy homes and displace thousands.1 Because of the small amounts of industry in Tonga, it must rely on larger countries to slow climate change in order for the islands to survive.1 The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in Tonga has the goal of protecting the environment and providing a high standard of life for the next generation, and much of their work involves conservation efforts and diplomacy.2

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1 http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34738408

2 http://www.mic.gov.to/ministrydepartment/14-govt-ministries/lands-survey-nat-res/environm-a-climate-change?layout=default
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Geography

Oceania, archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand
Area

Total 747 sq km
Land 717 sq km
Water 30 sq km

Climate

tropical; modified by trade winds; warm season (December to May), cool season (May to December)
Natural Resources

fish, fertile soil ;
Natural Hazards

cyclones (October to April); earthquakes and volcanic activity on Fonuafo'ou

volcanism: moderate volcanic activity; Fonualei (elev. 180 m) has shown frequent activity in recent years, while Niuafo'ou (elev. 260 m), which last erupted in 1985, has forced evacuations; other historically active volcanoes include Late and Tofua moderate volcanic activity; Fonualei (elev. 180 m) has shown frequent activity in recent years, while Niuafo'ou (elev. 260 m), which last erupted in 1985, has forced evacuations; other historically active volcanoes include Late and Tofua
Current Environmental Issues

deforestation results as more and more land is being cleared for agriculture and settlement; some damage to coral reefs from starfish and indiscriminate coral and shell collectors; overhunting threatens native sea turtle populations

Demographics

Nationality
Tongan
Population
106,322 (July 2013 est.)
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Tonga has a small, open, South Pacific island economy. It has a narrow export base in agricultural goods. Squash, vanilla beans, and yams are the main crops. Agricultural exports, including fish, make up two-thirds of total exports. The country must import a high proportion of its food, mainly from New Zealand. The country remains dependent on external aid and remittances from Tongan communities overseas to offset its trade deficit. Tourism is the second-largest source of hard currency earnings following remittances. Tonga had 39,000 visitors in 2006. The government is emphasizing the development of the private sector, especially the encouragement of ...See More investment, and is committing increased funds for health and education. Tonga has a reasonably sound basic infrastructure and well developed social services. High unemployment among the young, moderate inflation, pressures for democratic reform, and rising civil service expenditures are major issues facing the government. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$801 million (2012 est.); $789.4 million (2011 est.); $778.8 million (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

squash, coconuts, copra, bananas, vanilla beans, cocoa, coffee, ginger, black pepper; fish
Industries

tourism, construction, fishing