Responding to El Nino Impact in Timor Leste

Project background

In Timor Leste, El Nino phenomenon of 2015-2016 is pronounced as significant delays in the rainy season and the consequent impacts on livelihoods and high likelihood of La Nina. The initial assessments and the government’s bimonthly monitoring reports have shown that the impact of El Nino varies in different parts of the country rendering to the rugged landscape of the country and consequent local climatic variations from north to south and from lower altitudes at the coastal region to the higher altitudes in the middle parts of the country. The preliminary assessment results (WFP) from mid-February have shown that Eastern and Southern parts of the country are impacted the most. According to the assessments, about 400,000 people are affected severely and the numbers are expected to rise as the slow onset of disaster will be more prominent in the health and sanitation, nutrition and other aspects of livelihood. 

Project activities

The objective of this project is to support the capacities of the Resident Coordinator’s Office in its role as the lead of HCT in Timor Leste, strengthen the government’s role in coordinating El Nino response, and support UNDP to contribute significantly to the government’s plan and actions to respond effectively to manage the impacts of El Nino in Timor Leste.  

Project results

  • Rapid Recovery needs assessment to inform the long term recovery priorities conducted
  • Coordination mechanisms established and Response and Recovery Plan Developed
  • Capacity of the government entities at the national and sub-national to lead the El Nino recovery efforts  



Project start date:

March 2016

Estimated end date:

June 2017

Focus area:

  • organizational results
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Timor-Leste

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Flinders University
  • Australia
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2017 $4,113

    2016 $70,456

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