Removing E-Waste: Simple – Smart - Sustainable
Removing E-Waste: Simple – Smart - Sustainable
For an emerging nation like the Kingdom of Tonga, the problem of e-waste is somewhat new and must be monitored closely. Tonga is an archipelago with a land area of only 717 square kilometers and an economy that subsists on fishing and agriculture. The improper management of e-waste will lead to negative effects on many Tongans’ livelihoods if buried in fields and dumped into surrounding waters. Furthermore, some e-waste ends up getting burned, which releases the hazardous chemicals into the atmosphere. The lead in e-waste is known to be poisonous to the nervous system and can leach into the soil when buried. Other health issues include respiratory problems be caused by the burning of polyvinyl chloride, cancer induced by the improper disposal of cadmium, and sensory impairments caused by mercury poisoning.Currently, there are no specific laws or guidelines for the disposal and handling of electronic waste in the Kingdom of Tonga; there is no educational framework in schools to teach the next generation of Tongan leaders about the dangers of e-waste; there is no public awareness campaign; capacity-building techniques and data management practices are done informally or not at all; the existing e-waste management recycling system has not branched out to include all of the island groups of the Kingdom of Tonga.
The rationale for E-Waste Tonga is to protect the Tongan environment and the health and livelihoods of its people by developing, implementing, and sustaining a program for the proper removal of e-waste from the Kingdom of Tonga. Tonga needs a national strategy that will lay a sustainable foundation for e-waste removal and empower the people of the Kingdom of Tonga to control their own destiny.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
TUPOU TERTIARY INSTITUTE - DIPLOMA
Country:
Fiji
Area Of Work:
International Waters
Grant Amount:
US$ 2,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 5,000.00
Project Number:
TON/SGP/OP4/CORE/10/03
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed

Grantee Contact

Mr System Administrator
 

Address

NUKUALOFA
TONGATAPU ,

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Akisi Bolabola
Email:
Ms. Losana Mualaulau
Phone:
(679) 331 0541
Fax:
(679) 331 0540
Email:

Address

C/O UNDP Pacific Office, Private Mail Bag
Suva