European Climate Change Programme (EU-ECCP) - East Timor

East Timor

Sector: Environment

Partners: Camões, I.P., Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of East TImor

Budget/duration: EUR 2 million from the 10th EDF / 60 months

Aim of Intervention

To help vulnerable people living in different parts of East Timor deal with the effects of climate change through the sustainable management of natural resources with strategies and resources for local development, in a parcipative and inclusive process.

This project involves 200 East Timor families as well as official entities such as the East Timor Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.

So far, the project has made good progress in the areas of environmental recovery and improving the reliability of instruments used for weather forecasting in several municipalities, among other aspects.

For example, the project had succeeded in planting more than 57,000 trees out of a total of 75,000 by the end of 2015, with reforesting centred on areas of degradation and those close to spring water.

By adhering to the East Timor Weather Station Management Concept, in close partnership with East Timor’s ALGIS and Agro-meteorological Department, ECCP has been regularly collecting data from meteorological stations, officially acquiring and installing dozens of automatic weather-reading equipment, repairing and replacing components for the majority of existing weather stations, as well as training trainers all over the country in areas from applied climatology to agricultural activity.

These results have been achieved through processes of participation favouring local strategies and the specific involvement of communities for the planning of their futures, with particular emphasis on women.