Group Project International Studies in Planning and Development Workshop: Climate Change in the Kingdom of Tonga
Caroline Dodd, B.S. ES 2019
Venus Dulani, B.S. URS 2019
Yordanos Girmay, B.S. IARD 2019
Skye Hart, B.S. URS 2018, M.R.P. 2020
Zeyu Hu, B.S. ES 2019
Yabework Abebe Kifetew, B.S. URS 2019
Shanee Moodie, B.S. URS 2020
Hailey Morey, M.R.P. 2020
Lucas Raley, B.S. URS 2018, M.R.P. 2019
Natasha Santos, B.S. ILR 2019
Adam Shehabuddin, B.S. URS 2021
Sara Trigoboff, M.R.P. 2019
Saqifa Walli, B.S. ES 2019
Francis Wang, M.R.P. 2019
Tianhui Wang, B.S. URS 2020
Gretchen Worth, M.A. HPP 2020
Esther Xie, B.S. URS 2020
ClassCRP 5076 International Studies in Planning and Development Workshop: Climate Change in the Pacific Islands: The Kingdom of Tonga
Understanding the complex challenges of planning for climate change is particularly urgent in island societies facing increasing vulnerabilities and, in many cases, fewer options for addressing the consequences of this existential threat. With new evidence indicating that ocean warming is occurring faster than previously thought, island societies are especially at risk.
Students in this workshop focused on current and future climate change challenges in the Kingdom of Tonga, a largely low lying country in the South Pacific. Collaborating partners included the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the University of the South Pacific's Tonga campus. The Office of the Prime Minister also provided major support and advice.
Drawing on a review of the literature and fieldwork, three student-led teams identified drivers of potential climate change scenarios related to coastal erosion and fresh water supply, as well as the Kingdom's budding tourism industry. In collaboration with urban and regional planners based in the capital of Nuku'alofa, each team developed a detailed narrative seen to be plausible, distinctive, and consequential.
Drawing on first-hand observations and wide-ranging discussions with public servants, parliamentarians, and civil society groups, the Cornell CRP teams prepared professional quality reports addressing possible societal impacts. Each report focused on how the kingdom may consider policies and practices to ameliorate the negative consequences of climate change.
To view the reports, please contact the Department of City and Regional Planning.