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PITL implements four activities in the CCA program to contribute to DRR

PITL implements four activities in the CCA program to contribute to DRR

(Photo Tatoli/Francisco Sony)

DILI, 24 june 2022 (TATOLI)– Plan International in Timor-Leste is implementing four key activities focusing on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) to strengthen climate resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Timor-Leste.

PITL Project Manager of the CCA program, Julmiro Isac Manuel said PITL is working with local NGO RAEBIA for the implementation of this CCA program in areas most at risk of natural disasters, including Dili, Aileu, and Ainaru.

PITL Project Manager of the CCA program, Julmiro Isac Manuel (Photo Tatoli/Francisco Sony)

“This project comes with four important activities which consist of, Providing Training focused on Climate Change (CCA) to rural areas, Providing Advocacy to Local NGOs, expanding to rural communities, Providing methods of analysis on natural disaster risk in providing soil protection and tree planting activities, which have resulted in more than 20,000 trees being planned on community land and PITL has also built a school drainage in Metiaut and also carried out rainwater harvesting,” CCA Project Manager Julmiro Isac Manuel told the report in town 8, Manleuana, this Friday.

Manuel also explained that in the implementation of tree planting activities, PITL has planted three types of trees, namely commercial trees, business trees, and economic trees.

“With this activity, PITL helps communities to provide more oxygen and create income for families while strengthening resilience to soil change to avoid climate hazards,” he explained.

Director of Civil Protection, Ismael Babo said Timor-Leste was a victim of climate change, therefore, the CCA project was very useful for the country.

Director of Civil Protection, Ismael Babo (Photo Tatoli/Francisco Sony)

“We are working very hard to provide more information to rural communities in 48 villages across the country, especially for people living in areas at risk of natural disasters and it is great to see development partners helping the government of Timor-Leste to minimize the risk of natural disasters in Timor-Leste,” Babo said.

According to Babo, the training provided can help minimize the impact of natural disasters and increase climate change resilience for countries to adapt to critical situations when the country is hit by climate disasters.

National Director of Climate Change Adaptation, Agusto Pinto said: “We are very at risk of natural disasters. Therefore, climate change adaptation is very important to increase public awareness to contribute to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR),”

So far this project with funding support from the European Union (EU) is worth USD 833,000 for a three-year project from 2019 to 2022.

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia Borges

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