Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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The Kingdom of Tonga

In co-operation with the International Hydrological Programme, assistance was provided in planning a groundwater pollution in villages study on Lifuka Island. Field work commenced in May 1996 with a visit by two consultants, and two overseas trainees. Three local professionals have been closely involved in carrying on the work between consultant visits and attended the ‘UNESCO Water Resources Workshop’ in Suva in July 1997. As part of to the groundwater studies project a report on ‘Water resource conflicts in Tarawa, Kiribati’ was produced at the end of 1997. A comprehensive water resources management project was developed as follow-up to the UNESCO groundwater studies in Kiribati and Tonga is currently being carried out under funding from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.  

A paper relevant to Tonga was posted on the web-based Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Human Development Forum in July 2002: Announcement of a trial global discussion forum for Small Islands Voice.


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