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Green Climate Fund approves $22.4 million for climate-resilient infrastructure in Timor-Leste

Source(s):  United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters (UNDP)

Songdo, Korea – At its 23rd Board Meeting the global Green Climate Fund Board has today approved US$$22.4 million for Timor-Leste to advance its adaptation priorities while focusing on more resilient rural infrastructure and strengthening local infrastructure development planning processes.

The approved amount will fund a 6-year project, the formulation which was led by the National Directorate for Climate Change under the Secretary of State of Environment. The project will focus on six municipalities most at risk to climate-related hazards: Baucau, Ermera, Aileu, Viqueque, Lautem and Liquica.

“As global warming increases, extreme weather events are projected to increase in intensity and duration, posing threats to social and economic development gains and ultimately affecting the lives and livelihoods of our people in Timor-Leste. The approval of this project, supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is a major step towards achieving our adaptation priorities while addressing drivers of vulnerabilities,” said H.E. Demetrio Amaral Carvalho, Secretary of State for Environment.

Under the project, 130 climate proofed small-scale rural infrastructure units have been identified for implementation, including 38 water supply systems, 25 irrigation schemes, 216 kilometres of roads, and flood protection infrastructure that will benefit approximately 175,840 people in rural communities, or around 15% of the total population.

Beyond investing in climate-proofing key rural infrastructure – roads and bridges, water supply systems, irrigation and flood protection – the project will work to strengthen ecosystems through reforestation, as well as bolstering Timor-Leste’s policies, regulations and institutions related to climate change and disaster preparedness. This includes developing risk information services, vulnerability mapping and monitoring.

Timor-Leste frequently experiences tropical cyclones, river flooding, drought and landslides – all climate-related hazards expected to increase with rising global temperatures.

“On the ground, this project will safeguard infrastructural assets in communities and also livelihoods from the severe impacts of climate-induced disasters. More resilient roads will mean more secure access to markets, schools, health and administrative services. Improved irrigation and healthier forest ecosystems will mean more protected livelihoods,” said H.E. Demetrio Amaral Carvalho, Secretary of State for Environment. “At the national level, it’s about strengthening the capacity of mandated institutions to anticipate and manage climate risks into the future.”

The project, formulated in consultation with government, development partners, civil society organizations and local communities, scales up proven adaptation measures and use of modern technologies, including drones for risk mapping and post disaster needs assessment.

The project places emphasis on empowering communities and the involvement of women.

“In 2010, with UNDP support, Timor-Leste’s State Secretariat for Environment (formerly the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment) finalised its first National Adaptation Programme of Action for Climate Change (NAPA). The NAPA identified infrastructure and disaster risk reduction as key areas for attention and so it is great to now see this project take flight,” said Tuya Altangerel, UNDP Resident Representative

“The project cuts across the Sustainable Development Goals – including no poverty (SDG 1), gender equality (SDG 5), clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), reduced inequalities (SDG 10), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), climate action (SDG 13), and flourishing life on land (SDG 15) – and feeds into Timor-Leste’s Nationally Determined Contribution under the global Paris Agreement, supporting the small nation in its aspirations for low-carbon, sustainable development. UNDP is proud to have supported the government in securing this finance and looks forward to supporting its implementation,” continued Ms. Altangerel.

The Green Climate Fund grant is co-financed by $36 million from the Government of Timor-Leste, and an additional $400,000 by UNDP. Implementing partners include the Ministry of State Administration, Ministry of Social Solidarity, Secretary of State for Civil Protection, Ministry of Public Works, and Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

The project is set to begin in 2020 and run to the end of 2026.

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  • Publication date 07 Jul 2019

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