Building shoreline resilience of Timor-Leste to protect local communities and their livelihoods project document

Published on 18 Mar 2016 143 pages
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Building shoreline resilience of Timor-Leste to protect local communities and their livelihoods project document

The objective of this project is to strengthen resilience of coastal communities by the introduction of nature-based approaches to coastal protection. Issues of coastal areas are complex and cross-sectoral. The project therefore employs an integrated approach, while tailoring activities to address the specific needs, challenges and priorities of the GoTL. Funds will support inter-ministerial and intra-ministerial coordination for collaborative development planning ensuring protection of coastal areas, as well as identify and research potential revenue streams for long term sustainability.

As mangroves are a vital natural defense to impacts of climate change, extensive mangrove protection and re-afforestation will be supported by the project while also addressing community pressures (i.e. felling for fuelwood) by introducing alternative mangrove-supportive livelihoods and improving public awareness about the important role of mangroves in coastal protection. Degraded coastal watersheds, particularly upland areas exert pressures on the coastline through excess sedimentation, increased runoff and flash flood causing more erosion and prolonged inundations. Such broader landscape processes for greater coastal protection will also be addressed.

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