PREP Tonga Project Overview

The Pacific Resilience Project (PREP) in Tonga is part of a regional program known as the Pacific Resilience Program, which seeks to: (i) strengthen early warning and preparedness; (ii) create a framework for stronger and prioritized investments in resilience and retrofitting of key-public assets to meet internationally recognized resilience standards; and (iii) improve the post-disaster response capacity of the countries through strengthened financial resilience to disaster events. 

PREP Tonga’s project development objective (PDO) is to strengthen early warning, resilient investments and financial protection in Tonga.   PREP Tonga includes the following components:

Component 1: Strengthening Early Warning and Preparedness - The objective of this component is to increase resilience to natural hazards by improving the quality of forecasting and warning services as well as disaster preparedness. This component includes: i) institutional and regulatory strengthening, capacity building and implementation support; ii) Modernization of the Observation Infrastructure, Data Management Systems, Forecasting and Warning Systems; iii) Improvement of Multi Hazard Early Warning Systems; and iv) Reconstruction/construction and refurbishment of facilities

Component 2: Mainstreaming Risk Reduction and Resilient Investments - The objective of this Component is to implement a program of resilient planning, reconstruction and resilience building for selected public assets, the primary focus being schools impacted by TC Gita, with a secondary focus on public buildings including health facilities.  This component includes i) investment planning and preparation and ii) resilient investments and reconstruction.

Component 3 – Disaster Risk Financing - The objective of this component is to strengthen the financial resilience of Tonga to disaster events by enabling them to secure access to immediate liquidity post-disaster for low, medium and high-risk events. This component includes: (i) Contingency Emergency Response sub-component; ii) Premium financing; ad iii) Capacity building is disaster risk financing and insurance

Component 4- Project and Program Management - The objective of this component is to provide efficient and effective implementation support to the Project in Tonga. This includes funding for the Project Management Unit and supporting the establishment and operation of the GOTs Central Support Unit.

Detailed information on the project can be found in the Project Appraisal Document (2015), Project Paper (2018) and updated Environmental and Social Management Framework (2018).

PREP Tonga is being implemented by the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Communication and Climate Change (MEIDECC) and Ministry of Finance (MoF) in coordination with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Ministry of Education and Technology.

PREP Tonga – School and Public Buildings Reconstruction

Tropical Cyclone (TC) Gita struck the Kingdom of Tonga on February 12, 2018 as a Category 4 Tropical Cyclone. The TC caused, among other things, damage and losses to the education sector totalling TOP$ 22 million.  The total impact of Tropical Cyclone Gita on Tonga was extensive, resulting in damage and loss totalling TOP$ 356 million, which is equivalent to around 38% of Tonga’s annual gross domestic product. 

 PREP Tonga will implement a program of resilient planning, reconstruction and resilience building for public assets, particularly focusing on schools impacted by Tropical Cyclone Gita. A total of 32 schools including 28 schools on Tongatapu, two (2) on Eua Island and two (2) on Vava'u Island have been selected. A full list of schools that will be repaired, retrofitted or reconstructed under the PREP is available here