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Kingdom of Tonga viewed from above
In times of disasters, persons with disabilities are the most vulnerable. With support from the United States, this is the narrative that the Kingdom of Tonga seeks to change.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific
The report examines the frequency and distribution of natural disasters and analyzes their economic and trade effects, both at a macroeconomic and sectoral level.
World Trade Organization
Tonga’s underwater eruption hints at need for more seismic stations near such active, submarine volcanoes located near populated parts of the Pacific.
Truck on a post-disaster reconstruction site on a tropical coast
Apart from the Sendai Framework, Tonga can learn from Fiji’s rebuilding efforts after Cyclone Winston hit the country in 2016. Like Tonga, Fiji suffered from widespread power and infrastructure and communications destruction.
Climate Adaptation Platform
BASE is finalising a feasibility study for the development of a remittance-based finance vehicle in Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu that enables remittance senders to channel part of their remittances towards climate resilient solutions.
Submarine cable inspection vessel
Tonga’s digital infrastructure wasn’t unprepared for disasters. Future funding of the existing Pacific cable network should focus on digital and technology solutions that can be managed, resourced and deployed locally.
Australian Strategic Policy Institute
The January 2022 Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai eruption and tsunami in Tonga was a ‘textbook’ example of complex, cascading and compounding risks. In this long-read blog, Bapon Fakhruddin and Emma Singh discuss the lessons learned for disaster risk response.
International Science Council
This image shows a wave hitting the coast of Tonga.
The Tonga Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcanic eruption, tsunami and ashfall has caused an estimated US$90.4M (TOP 208 million) in damages – the equivalent of approximately 18.5% of Tonga’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
World Bank, the
Damage from volcanic eruption and tsunanami - Sopu, Tonga 16 January 2022
Small Island Developing States are vulnerable to intensifying hazards from climate change. But the challenges that SIDS face in adapting can only be understood by looking at how these impacts interact with other risks – not all of them environmental.
Climate Analytics
Volcanic crater and lake in Tonga
UNEP: “Sound environmental management, climate change impacts and disaster responses are closely interlinked and require a more systematic and comprehensive approach to disaster risk management”
United Nations Environment Programme