Measuring Relationships Between the Environment and People in Tonga.

Women and men in all their diversities, interact with the environment differently. From differentiated access to natural resources to different levels of vulnerability to the effects of climate change to distinct challenges for participation in environment decision-making, their experiences are diverse.  Data that reflects these experiences, however is rarely available. To fill these gaps and support national data collection efforts on this topic, UN Women collaborated with FAO, ILO, IUCN, SPC, UNEP, UNESCAP and UNDRR to develop a Model Questionnaire on Gender and the environment. The survey is designed to provide representative estimates for an estimated 100 gender environment indicators, both at the national level but also with disaggregation by sex, location, age groups, disability status, engagement in select economic and environmental activities, type of land tenure, exposure to environmental hazards and many more valuables.


The specific objectives of the Tonga Gender – Environment Survey (TGES) 2022 are to:

  1. Collect data to assess the connections between environmental issues and gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  2. Capture how women and men interact with the environment in a holistic manner.
  3. Reduce the gap in gender data to assist in “Creating equal conditions to respond to natural disasters, environmental challenges and climate change” and “Improve knowledge about the gender perspectives in response to natural disasters, environmental and climate change adaptation”.
  4. Ensure that quality, relevant and timely gender data that responds to users’ needs is produced, available, disseminated and effectively used to advance gender equality.
  5. Assess the differentiated effects of natural disasters (cyclone and volcanic eruptions) on women and men
  6. Contribute to the development of the national statistical system, data and monitoring systems and strengthen national capacity in the design, implementation and analysis due to collaboration with UN Women.

Timing of training

It is expected that training of field enumerators and team supervisors for main fieldwork will begin proposed date by October 18th –  29th  2022.


Fieldwork is proposed to start by Monday, October 31st, 2022 and expected to be complete by to December 30th 2022

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