Our Work

It is vital that the world understand the impacts of climate change in Tonga and the Pacific and take prompt action. We welcome your support.

OHAI Tonga is promoting sustainability for food production and agriculture in Tonga that is resilient to climate change.

OHAI received funding from the New Zealand High Commission to establish a community bee keeping project. We partnered with Volunteer Service Abroad (www.vsa.org.nz) to engage a volunteer beekeeper who assists OHAI in helping the community establish beehives for pollination of food crops and the production of honey (as a boutique industry). Our project encourages women and youth to learn about bee keeping and agriculture.

The project addresses a serious issue in Tonga: The limited numbers of bees to pollinate crops creates a food security risk for root crops that serve as staples. Establishing a bee industry (bee-keeping and honey production) is an effective way to combat the impact of climate change as it relates to food security.

OHAI Project Manager Debra Allan with the bee keeping food security project, supported by New Zealand High Commission and in partnership with Volunteer Service Abroad.

OHAI Tonga is advancing understanding and knowledge about the impact of climate change in Tonga and the Pacific.

We regularly meet with delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conferences to discuss issues and plan activites.

We participate in the Climate Reality Project headed by Al Gore, where Uili Lousi servers as a trainer.

Uili Lousi with Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore

Uili Lousi with Greta Thunberg, United Nations Climate Change Conference, Spain, 2019

Climate change is disproportionately impacting regions such as the South Pacific. Warming ocean temperatures as a result of climate change are creating more powerful cyclones with increased potential to destroy our homes and communities. As ocean acidification becomes more prevalent, our beautiful and vital coral reefs, which provide a home for fish and other sea life, are becoming lifeless. These losses have serious consequences locally and internationally, as supplies of tuna and other sources of seafood are unable to replenish/restock to meet world demand.

 

Video: OHAI Tonga Bee Project. Video Produced and Directed by Josua 'Ake, Tonga, August 2020.

Uili Lousi at Climate Reality Project, Australia, 2019

Academic publication, Book chapter