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Nuku’alofa- Tonga- des étudiants dansent lors de la célébration du Jour Culturel. © AFP-photo Torsten Blackwood.

An archipelago of 748 km2, the islands have a population of about 100,000 people, 70% of which live in the capital, Nuku’alofa (the motherland of love, in Tongan). The kingdom of Tonga’s territory is part of a larger group covering a big part of the Pacific Ocean and forming what is called the Polynesian Triangle, anchored by Hawaii to the north, Easter Island to the southeast and New Zealand to the southwest.


Deforestation : because of the housing and farming needs, the land clearing isn’t slowing down.

Ocean : the reefs are damaged by starfish and by the coral and shell collectors’ blind behaviour. Deep-sea hunting represents a risk, for turtles in particular.


A rainwater harvesting program was initiated by the UNEP and Tonga Community Development Trust (TCDT) in Vava’u.

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