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Tonga is negatively affected by heavy annual rains and soil erosion.1 Because this has been a pervasive issue for the country, the government has taken steps to ensure the alleviation of the effects.2 In 2010, the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Joint National Action Plan was enforced and several adaptation projects have been completed.3 Tonga has received a $23 million grant from the Asian Development Bank in order to help complete the island's Climate Resilience Sector Project, which aims to implement climate resilient principles into national planning and policies.4 The grant will help to create ecosystem resilience.5

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1http://www.sprep.org/climate-change/tonga-gaining-ground-on-the-climate-change-front-at-home
2-3 Ibid
4http://www.adb.org/news/tonga/climate-change-risk-management-improve-tonga-adb-grant
5 Ibid
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Tonga News

Radio New Zealand 
Tonga is hopeful this week's Oceania Judo Championships in Nuku'alofa will be the first of many international events to be held in the Kingdom. 130 athletes from 12 countries will compete for world rankings points with up to 200 overseas visitors to ... See more..
Matangi Tonga 
Ms Marga Morrisey, a travel expert with Flight Centre in New Zealand has won an 8-day trip to Tonga after entering a draw specifically for travel agents who completed an online South Pacific Specialist Program to help promote the South Pacific ... See more..
TVNZ 
A Tongan man rescued after three days without food and water has described the moment he was saved by the New Zealand Defence Force when he was ... See more..
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Radio New Zealand 
A fisherman who went missing off the coast of Tonga has been found in the middle of the Pacific Ocean waving his paddles from a life-raft. See more..
Matangi Tonga 
Siaosi Sovaleni the Deputy Prime Minister said Tonga is privileged to host Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) on behalf of the Pacific. “This centre of excellence will provide valuable support to Pacific Island countries ... See more..
Matangi Tonga 
The Third Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministers Meeting was opened in Nuku'alofa on today, April 26, by Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala, who called on them to take action on energy efficiency, particularly in the transport sector in the region. See more..
Stuff.co.nz 
Resident had "all the clinical features of Zika" after trip to Tonga last year. See more..
Radio New Zealand 
A woman with a long involvement in whale watching in Tonga's Vava'u is hoping there will be fewer boats licenced to provide the service this year. Whale watching and swimming with the whales are a key element of the Tongan tourism package, but, Aunofo ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The return to Tonga of two workers who left their Recognised Seasonal Employer jobs in New Zealand has again highlighted issues surrounding alcohol. Radio Tonga reported that Sitiveni Uasi and Atonio Kulitapa were sent home for disappearing with a ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
Tonga's hosting of the Oceania Judo Championships next week is being viewed as ideal preparation for when much larger numbers visit for the 2019 Pacific Games. 130 athletes from 12 countries will compete and up to 200 overseas visitors are expected in ... See more..
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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