E-Waste Tonga: A Project to Keep POPS and Other Hazardous Materials Contained in Electronic Waste Out of the Soil, Air and Waters of Tonga.
E-Waste Tonga: A Project to Keep POPS and Other Hazardous Materials Contained in Electronic Waste Out of the Soil, Air and Waters of Tonga.
The purpose of this project is to create a national e-waste strategy for the Kingdom of Tonga. The only way to reach this goal is to empower Tongans by building their awareness about the dangers of e-waste through education and promotion, persuading lawmakers to pass legislation to protect their homeland, building their capacity to handle the e-waste problem on their own through skills training, infrastructure upgrades, and data management, and influencing them to take personal initiative in the management of e-waste. With a national e-waste strategy in place, Tongans will be empowered to protect the environment of their country and the health and livelihoods of their families, neighbors, and themselves by mitigating the pollutants that will devastate their water, air, and food supply.E-Waste Tonga will continue partnering with school administrators and educators, as well as students and youth groups to meet our education objective; our NGO also will be coordinating with local mass media sources, such as television stations, radio stations, and newspapers to reach our promotion objective; we will be working closely with pertinent ministry officials and lawmakers to achieve our legislation objective; our NGO will then be partnering with youth groups and recyclers to achieve our objective to build local capacity; we will follow this by working with local businesses and other appropriate partners to reach our data management objective; lastly, E-Waste Tonga will appeal to schools, village leaders, youth leaders, and church leaders to disseminate information about e-waste and to motivate Tongan people to participate in its collection. Without participation for all segments of the Tongan community, it would be difficult for E-Waste Tonga to realize its goal of creating a national e-waste strategy for the Kingdom of Tonga.
To date, we have begun promoting E-Waste Tonga through advertisements and interviews via radio, television, and newsprint. E-Waste Tonga has also established relationships with government ministries, schools, and businesses, and has partnered with youth groups as part of our initial e-waste removal plan in 2009. For instance, youth groups volunteered to collect e-waste from schools to deliver to GIO Recycling. Several businesses also supported E-Waste Tonga by giving discounts and donations of goods and services, many of which went towards promotional activities. Most recently, the Nuku’alofa Rotary Club gave E-Waste Tonga a booth at their annual fun fair in order to talk about e-waste, our future plans, and to distribute informational flyers.

 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
TUPOU TERTIARY INSTITUTE - DIPLOMA
Country:
Fiji
Area Of Work:
International Waters
Grant Amount:
US$ 48,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 33,900.00
Project Number:
TON/SGP/OP4/CORE/10/04
Status:
Project Terminated Before Completion

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