A community in Baucau, in the east of the country, build an irrigation canal with recycled glass bottles. A community in Baucau, in the east of the country, build an irrigation canal with recycled glass bottles. Photo Karim Andrade/UNV.

UNDP’s environment portfolio in Timor-Leste recognizes the synergy between poverty reduction and environmental stewardship. The Small Grants Programme (SGP) supports grassroots initiatives in biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, protection of international waters, prevention of land degradation, and the phasing out of chemicals and persistent organic pollutants.

UNDP Timor Leste is also providing pathways and expertise in access to sustainable energy through the development the biomass-energy sector.Removing the barriers to the sustainable production and use of biomass resources will help Timor-Leste reduce its green house gas emissions while bolstering local economic, environmental and social development.

By strengthening the resilience to climate risk of small-scale rural infrastructure and local government systems, UNDP is helping to ensure reliable access to water and other vital resources while improving local communities’ abilities to cope with climate pressures. Longer lasting, better designed infrastructure impact livelihoods in both the short and medium term.

Timor-Leste is required to provide an Initial National Communication (INC) as part of its commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). UNDP is supporting this effort which will include a Greenhouse Gas Inventory, and a vulnerability assessment and mitigation analysis on green house gas emissions. Through this report, the country will build its capacity at all levels so as to facilitate the country’s effective implementation of the Convention in a sustainable manner.

Incorporating the potential for climate induced disasters when designing infrastructure is a key component of disaster risk management, one that pays for itself by reducing both recurrence and maintenance costs and the costs related to post-disaster recovery. The Dili-Ainaro Corridor project seeks to reduce the risks that Timor-Leste faces from natural disasters and climate change and help minimize the losses that result to its infrastructure assets and livelihoods.