Opening remarks at COP23 Side Event in Bonn, Germany
Achim Steiner UNDP Administrator
As prepared for delivery.
I am pleased to participate in this side-event that aims to promote island and community resilience. This topic is important because climate change continues to pose an existential threat to humanity and local communities are on the front lines of this challenge due to their dependency on ecosystem services and climate-sensitive resources for their livelihoods.
Handover of five rainwater harvesting tanks
A. Situation Analysis
By Jesper Fridolf, IFRC
Coming back to Timor-Leste to work with the Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste – CVTL (Timor Leste Red Cross) after 4 years was a great feeling. Progress in this young country has been dramatic but the reason for my being here wasn’t a celebratory one. Over the past six months a slow-onset drought had caused hardship for 120,000 people across the country. Thanks largely to El Niño, the lack of rainfall has meant failed crops, lost incomes and food and water scarcity for many.
By Kenny Hamilton | British Red Cross Society - UK
In East Timor, drought is devastating small farmers, but preparing and building resilience could help
Arriving at the compact Nicolau Lobato Airport in Dili, it’s tempting to ask the question: why should anyone care about East Timor? Certainly most people at home would struggle to pinpoint the small Southeast Asian nation on a map, let alone tell you anything about it.
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In the aftermath of the 2015 to 2016 El Niño-induced drought, 120,000 people remain severely affected in Lautém, Viqueue, Baucau and Covalima municipalities and Oe-Cusse Special Economic Zone.
Food, water and sanitation, health, nutrition, livelihood and education support are priority needs.
By Sam Smith, in Timor-Leste
The Timor-Leste Red Cross is appealing for more funds to bring sustainable change to drought-hit communities.
Around 120,000 people have been severely affected by an El Niño-inflicted drought in the Asia Pacific nation.
An appeal for 800,000CHF to help 20,000 people across three of the worst affected districts is currently only 60 per cent funded.
The Timor-Leste Red Cross, with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), is providing urgent relief to affected communities.
Timor-Leste is located in the southern-most part of Southeast Asia on the eastern half of the island of the Timor Sea between Indonesia and Australia. Timor-Leste has a population of approximately 1.1 million people. In May 2002, Timor-Leste gained independence from Indonesia. Prior to independence, United Nations (UN) peace-keeping forces were installed in Timor-Leste in late 1999 (following the referendum for independence) to stop the ensuing violence, and establish a national government.
Food, water, rain, risk: these four aspects are at the heart of MAKA’AS project that CARE and WaterAid implemented with funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Launched in July 2012, the project set out to facilitate community-based adaptation to climate change amongst 33 villages in Timor-Leste’s Liquica district. This included promoting of climate-resilient livelihoods (e.g.
DILI, 25 June 2013 (IRIN) - Timor-Leste needs to do more at the national and district levels to boost disaster preparedness, especially in rural areas, say experts.
Each year, communities face an increasing number of natural hazards with 185 floods recorded since 2010, compared to 32 between 2001 to 2009, according to the National Disaster Management Directorate (NDMD).
Over 70 percent of the country’s 1.1 million people live in rural areas.
1. Who are we? The Timor-Leste country office is made up of three international delegates – a country representative, organizational development and health delegates - and three experienced national finance and administration staff. The country office shares the office compound of Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste (CVTL), with whom they have a close and constructive relationship, and a broadbased programme of targeted support and organisational development.
2. What is our mission?
Climate change is emerging as a serious threat to progress in developing countries. In response, there is increasing focus on the importance of integrating climate change adaptation into development planning and programs to ensure that activities are effective and sustainable. This will reduce the risks posed by climate hazards to the success of programs and will help to ensure that development initiatives contribute to reducing the climate change vulnerability of project stakeholders.
Thousands to benefit from improved access to schools, hospitals, towns and markets
WASHINGTON, May 17, 2011—The World Bank’s Board of Directors today approved a US$20 million grant to repair and upgrade 110km roads between Dili, Aileu and Ainaro. The Road Climate Resilience Project will help connect more than 340,000 people living in the project area with schools, hospitals, towns and markets, and will support the Ministry of Infrastructure in developing sustainable systems for road maintenance.