The Council of Ministers Analyzed the Dili-Ainaro Development Corridor Project

08 Jul 2014

imageThe map of the Dili-Ainaro development corridor

Dili - 8 July 2014, the Council of Ministers analyzed the Dili-Ainaro Development Corridor (DARDC) project presented to them by the Ministry of Social Solidarity together with the Secretary of State for Public Works and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Timor-Leste.  This was the first time UNDP has partnered with a government counterpart to present one of its programmes to the Council.

DARDC is a vital road network linking five districts and more than 503,200 people through its North/South route. It is at risk from climate-induced natural disasters such as flash floods, landslides and soil erosion. The steep mountainous topography and climate characterized by extreme rainfall challenge the safeguarding of investments in road infrastructure. This situation is exacerbated by excessive deforestation and poor agricultural practices.

The Government of Timor-Leste, in partnership with the World Bank, is investing aroundUSD$115 million to rehabilitate the roads along the corridor. However most disasters originate outside of the corridor itself, requiring mitigation and preventative measures to secure infrastructure and development investments for the region.

Under the leadership of the Ministry of Social Solidarity and the Inter-ministerial Programme Steering Committee, UNDP’s DARDC project seeks to protect critical economic infrastructure along the Dili-to-Ainaro Development Corridor from climate-induced natural disaster through the development of better policies, strengthened local disaster risk management institutions, and investments in risk reduction measures designed to secure infrastructure investment and human development gains. Importantly, DARDC ensures the alignment of existing government planning and implementation mechanisms, as well as the coordination of inter-ministerial and development partners.

Through the DARDC project, landslides, flooding and erosion in the Corridor  will be reduced and consequently economic and social losses will be decreased with improvements in watershed management activities and small scale infrastructure projects in the communities. Timor-Leste’s  Early Warning System will be strengthened and developed to enable advanced warning of disaster events from districts to communities and the communication from communities to districts will be improved to allow faster response to occurring disasters in communities.  Moreover, through  the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) training, the capacity of national, district and sub-district officials will be improved  to be better assess, plan, budget and deliver investments in climate change related disaster prevention.