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SEA receives US$21 million from UNEP to strengthen the early warning systems in Timor-Leste

SEA receives US$21 million from UNEP to strengthen the early warning systems in Timor-Leste

DILI, 15 october 2021 (TATOLI) – The Secretary of State for the Environment (SEA) received a total of US$21 million funds from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

“The US$21 million of the Green Climate Fund, supported by the UNEP,  aiming to strengthen the early warning systems in Timor-Leste and we are thankful for the support,” Demétrio do Amaral de Carvalho, the Secretary of State for the Environment (SEA) told reporters at the Press Conference, in Hotel Timor, on thursday.

More than 32.000 families were affected by natural disasters, of which 42 people lost their lives during the flash flood on april 4, 2021.

He said the fund was obtained by presenting a funding proposal to the secretariat of the Green Climate Fund of UNEP.

The director-general of SEA, João Carlos Soares informed that the fund will be allocated to the tsunami warning system program and improving infrastructure towards more disaster resilience.

“Our mitigation plan is to plant more trees to reduce the frequent occurrence of landslides, as there have been a lot of landslides occurred recently across the territory,” he added.

The Green Climate Fund is one of the financial mechanisms of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It contributes to financing the commitments made under the Paris Agreement.

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario

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