TL comes close to its national ambition to conserve 30% of its land and ocean

DILI, 23 december 2022 (TATOLI) – The Secretary of State for the Environment (SoSE), Demétrio do Amaral de Carvalho said that Timor-Leste has come close to reaching its national ambition of conserving 30% of its land and ocean. 

“Today, we have established 44 land-based protected areas and 24 marine-based protected areas so call Take Zone. So, we have come close to our national ambition in line with the High Ambition Coalition to conserve 30% of our land and ocean by 20230. So far, we have reached about 20%,” Carvalho made the comments at a press conference held at the SEA office after returning from the COP15 United Nations Conference on Biodiversity held in Montreal-Quebec, Canada, on december 16, 2022. 

Timor-Leste is a small island nation very rich with a variety of tropical species from marine biodiversity, coastal and freshwater biodiversity, and tropical island ecosystem from arid land ecosystem to mountains humidity ecosystem. 

“Since 2009, Timor-Leste has developed its Biodiversity Strategic Plan and we have put our effort and national resources to increase the national target for the conservation and protection of biodiversity,” said Carvalho.

He said as a member of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDC), Timor-Leste can do more to achieve its biodiversity strategic plan: “We want to reiterate the meaning of civilization. It is the share of responsibility and solidarity, cooperation, and supporting our local and indigenous groups to act more for the restoration of natural capital to advance conservation and sustainable use of globally significant biodiversity in the country.”

Carvalho called on developed countries with more resources and the ability to take moral responsibility for the historical process they have contributed to the degradation of the natural capital from their unsustainable production and consumption. 

“We need to have a strong collaboration in the research sector in helping us predict the loss of biodiversity, explore sustainable use of biodiversity and genetic resources, predicted climate impact scenario, environmental degradation rate, and define recommendations for remediation and mitigation. Research institution, universities, and the scientific community needs to have cross-border and cross-sectoral cooperation,” Carvalho stressed. 

Carvalho also called on Financial Institutions, Businesses, and entrepreneurs’ entities to jointly invest in helping the healing of the planet: “Green business developers’ entities need to develop mutual cooperation with the financial institution to accelerate transitioning from our conventional development to a more sustainable consumption and production models.”

‘We as political decision-makers help in developing appropriate legal framework and policy strategy for supporting the implementation of global biodiversity platform to reach our goal,” he said. 

Carvalho added the government of Timor-Leste is in the process of ratifying the Nagoya Protocol: “We considered that the Framework as a basis to provide legal clarity on access to genetic resources and benefit sharing in Timor-Leste.”

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges


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