DILI, 23 august 2022 (TATOLI) – The French Institute’s Director of Cooperation for Indonesia and Timor-Leste, Stéphane Dover, highlighted the importance of water conservation for biodiversity.
Stéphane Dover’s statement was said at a meeting with the President of the Republic, José Ramos Horta, at the Presidential Palace.
“At our meeting, we discussed the importance of water and its conservation, water is essential for biodiversity and helps community agricultural systems respond to food security in Timor-Leste,” said Stéphane Dover.
As regards the French government provides financial support to the Timor-Leste Permaculture Non-Governmental Organization (Permatil) to strengthen the conservation of biodiversity in the municipality.
French cooperation began in 2006 and a biodiversity conservation project was implemented in 2018 in partnership with Permatil.
Until today, The French Executive is providing approximately US$2 million for the project to help communities develop their products to respond to food security and stimulate family economic growth.
meanwhile, Stéphane Dover also revealed that this project has benefited different community groups in different municipalities.
The attache for French cooperation in East Timor, Estelle Duluc, in turn, highlighted the purpose of the agency’s presence in the country was to assist other projects related to reforestation, human rights, and gender equality.
“We support, for example, the local company Organic Fertilizer (TILOFE) in the municipality of Ermera, assisting in the processing and sale of manure, flowers, and other products. This company has created 15 jobs,” She said.
She concluded that the President of the Republic has also been satisfied with the water conservation projects in this country, saying they are relevant to human life.
Journalist: José De Sa
Editor: Nelia B