Student Workshops Focus on Timor-Leste's Environmental Challenges and Opportunities

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TIMORESE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE ON THE INC REPORT. PHOTO: INITIAL NATIONAL COMMUNICATION/UNDP TL

Dili – Climate change poses a severe threat to future growth and development in Timor-Leste and will require targeted mitigation and adaptive measures at the national and local levels to protect the country’s economy, infrastructure and overall progress. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e) 

Highlights

  • “Timor-Leste’s weather is unpredictable, which can cause serious problems for our farmers throughout the country”, said Sr. Jõao Carlos, General Director of the Secretary of State of Environment, speaking to students at the Dili Institute of Technology.
  • The full INC report contains information on GHG emission levels in Timor-Leste, projected changes in the country’s climate as well as the vulnerability levels of different villages (sucos) throughout the country and describes the impact of the such changes on the agriculture, water and health sectors.
  • The INC project is funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and AusAid with an in-kind contribution from Timor-Leste government.

This was the message received by more than 330 Timorese university students during two workshops on the final draft of the Initial National Communication on Climate Change or INC, the first in a series reports that will serve to develop a long-term Strategy and Action Plan to assess and mitigate the impact of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) and address climate-related vulnerabilities. 

“Timor-Leste’s weather is unpredictable, which can cause serious problems for our farmers throughout the country”, said Sr. Jõao Carlos, General Director of the Secretary of State of Environment, speaking to students at the Dili Institute of Technology. “The INC project findings provide valuable information about what measures we can take to minimize the impact of climate change at the community level as well as make a positive contribution to reducing the concentration of GHG emissions on a global scale.”

The full INC report contains information on GHG emission levels in Timor-Leste, projected changes in the country’s climate as well as the vulnerability levels of different villages (sucos) throughout the country and describes the impact of the such changes on the agriculture, water and health sectors. Among the report’s recommendations are programmes for the development and implementation of adaptive and mitigative measures, such as renewable energy and reforestation, which will help reduce poverty, ensure sustainable development and contribute to the global effort to reduce GHG emissions.

The INC project is funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and AusAid with an in-kind contribution from Timor-Leste government.

For more information about the INC report please contact bernardete.dafonseca@undp.org

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