The Coastal Resources Management Section (CRMS) of the Natural Resources Division (NRD) is accountable for the monitoring and management of coastal areas and resources. It takes more than thousands of years for coastal resources to process naturally but improper management and control can destroy it in a very short period. Hence, we focus on dynamic beach processes and the effects of waves, currents and anthropogenic structures on beach settings; provide adequate and timely advice to villagers about the legal directions, implications and the governments operational and management procedures of sand resource extraction and quarry resource monitoring, and provide adequate advice to coastal area development in the Kingdom of Tonga
i. Coastal Monitoring Program
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Mapping and quantifying of beach sand and mining sites throughout Tonga to determine the status of the beach and report on causes of issues.
Sand mining was allowed by the government of Tonga for the construction of cemetery/burial grounds and for small construction purposes. By way of law and policy directions, onshore sand mining in Tonga is prohibited from all beach areas few beaches that listed below.
All monitoring data and report is file and disseminates required information to town officer, people in the villages, Ministries and organization
Coastal Area are being Mapping and Quantifying to integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning development processes and poverty reducing strategies
The Coastal Area Management had a quarterly beach survey to observe the dynamics of beach processes and the effect of currents, waves and anthropogenic structures on beach setting.
Sand sieving of all sands to determine composition and best application source materials
Coastal Impact Assessment: Natural Hazard Assessment
CRM to significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations
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Limestone Monitoring Program
Quarry survey, Mapping Aggregate Extraction throughout Tonga
Public Awareness Program
CRM role to provide adequate advice to the students to improve the understanding of coastal dynamics and impacts on settlements, infrastructure and ecosystems, and to develop skills for coastal hazard and climate change adaptation.
ii. Coastal Training
Coastal Hazard Management Short Course
The training intended to improve the understanding of coastal dynamics and impacts on settlements, infrastructure and ecosystems, learn about Coastal Management Planning and Coastal Engineering, develop skills for coastal hazard and climate change adaptation and opportunity for stakeholder engagement about coastal policy makers and project design.
Mr. Taaniela Kula, Ms.’Ana Maea and Ms. Yumi Nafe from the Tonga Geological Services represented Tonga for this course.
Sustainable Coastal Protection
The training intended to learn about general characteristics of island coasts, Coastal Management Planning and Coastal Engineering and opportunity for stakeholder engagement about sustainable coastal protection and project design.
There was a total of 8 participant from around the world and across the Pacific including Tonga, Fiji, Marshall Island and Papua New Guinea. Mrs. ‘Ana Vaoahi Maea from the Natural Resources Division represented Tonga for this course.