Community Resilience to Climate Induced Disasters is the Focus of New Disaster Risk Management Project

19 Sep 2013

imageFlooding caused by heavy rains strand cars and pedestrians in the Vila Verde suburb of Dili. Photo: National Disaster Management Directorate

Dili - Representatives from government ministries, NGOs, donor agencies and development partners met today to exchange ideas and expertise at an inception workshop for the new project, Strengthening Community Resilience to Climate-Induced Natural Disasters Along the Dili-Ainaro Road. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e)

The four-year project seeks to ensure that communities along the Dili-Ainaro development corridor will be more resilient to natural disasters through measures that will help to secure development benefits for vulnerable people.

“Timor-Leste is experiencing high economic growth and significant investment in infrastructure”, said Mr. Francisco de Rosario, Director of National Disaster Management Directorate (NDMD) in opening the workshop. “We must move decisively to make sure that such economic and infrastructure investments do not add to the existing risks and are themselves risk-resilient.  Our focus should be on the protection of vulnerable people's lives, property, assets, livelihoods and critical economic infrastructure from climate-induced natural hazards.”

The project focuses on protecting critical economic infrastructure for sustained human development through better government policies, strengthened local disaster risk management (DRM) institutions and investments in risk reduction measures within the Dili-Ainaro corridor. UNDP and the World Bank (WB) are working together as implementing partners.

The Ministry of Social Solidarity (MSS) through NDMD will lead the government’s project steering committee which team comprised of Ministries of Public Works, State Administration, and the Commerce, Industry and the Environment Ministry of Finance.

“Every year, Timor-Leste suffers from localized, relatively small scale, but extensive disaster events mostly related to climate variability,” said Noura Hamladji, Deputy Country Director for UNDP. “The Dili-Ainaro project will help protect critical economic infrastructure for sustained human development from climate induced natural hazards including flooding, landslides, and wind damage through better policies, strengthened local disaster risk management institutions and investments in risk reduction measures.