Tonga’s Climate Resilience Sector Project (CRSP) was an ambitious and vital project that aimed to mainstream climate resilience into government planning by focusing on the most vulnerable sectors and communities in the region.
SMEC was appointed to help increase resilience in economic, social, and natural eco-systems to strengthen the enabling environment for climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction at national and local levels.
SMEC was appointed in 2016 as program manager for the Tonga Joint National Action Plans (JNAP) on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management. Scope included feasibility assessment, planning, design, project management and procurement support and construction supervision of projects.
The project’s strategic approach was to build climate resilience through development planning, infrastructure investment and establishing a sustainable system to maintain the improvements and new systems. This included training for government agencies and residents, and the establishment of a sustainable funding mechanism to support ongoing community-based adaptation.
Planning and preparation for physical interventions were also an important aspect of the role. This included undertaking of environmental and social safeguards assessments; reconnaissance inspections, surveys and investigations; preparation of a marine landings inventory; quality assurance and control; and program review and documentation.
Key agencies involved, included the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Fisherie, The Natural Resource Division (NRD), Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC) and the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources.
Other key elements of the scope included:
Delivering on community and environmental outcomes Over three and a half years, SMEC worked collaboratively with stakeholders to ensure the project was successfully implemented, on time and within budget, and all defined outcomes were achieved by the end of 2019. This comprehensive program has made a difference not just to institutional and government sectors but also in the areas of social development, capacity building, and women’s empowerment.
Institutionalising climate resilience
Improved capacity to monitor and manage Tonga climate data and information.
Increase eco-system resilience and climate infrastructure investments.
Government of Tonga
Asia Development Bank