Strengthening the Resilience of Small-Scale Rural Infrastructure (SSRI) and Local Government Systems to Climate Risk Project Brochure

Published on 31 Dec 2016 6 pages
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Strengthening the Resilience of Small-Scale Rural Infrastructure (SSRI) and Local Government Systems to Climate Risk Project Brochure

In Timor-Leste 70 percent of the country’s total population of 1.1 million people live in rural areas. Around 80 percent of this mountainous country has steep slopes and its tropical climate is characterised by distinct wet (rainy) and dry seasons. 

In areas affected by both drought and extreme rainfall events rural municipalities have found it increasingly difficult to supply and maintain critical small scale infrastructure for local communities.

The poor condition of most rural roads is a major constraint to local development. Climate-related risks such as: floods; droughts; erosion; and landslides can severely damage critical rural infrastructure such as access roads and water supply systems, directly impacting community livelihoods and the socio-economic development of the entire nation. 

By focusing on key factors such as community ownership, local planning and technical innovations such as soil bioengineering, the UNDP TimorLeste ‘Strengthening the Resilience of Small Scale Rural Infrastructure’ (SSRI) project is helping to show how modest investments can yield major economic benefits for the entire country. 

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