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ANLA and NDA pledge to fight climate change

ANLA and NDA pledge to fight climate change

Climate change

DILI, 06 january 2023 (TATOLI) – The new presidents of the National Environmental Licensing Authority, (ANLA), António Lelo Tasi, and the President of the National Designated Authority (NDA) for Combating Climate Change, Pedro Godinho da Costa committed to speed up the environmental licensing process to ensure sustainable development and mobilize international financial support to combat climate change in the country.

Both presidents made the promise following their inauguration ceremony at Tower Center Hall, in Fatuhada, Dili.

“My first commitment is to strengthen cooperation with project proponents and consultants to speed up the environmental licensing and permit process, complete the institutional structure, and train human resources,” said Antonio Lelo Tasi.

He said that ANLA’s mission is to ensure sustainable environmental development by accelerating the processes of acquisition of environmental licenses in a fast, efficient, and responsible way.

The President of the NDA, Pedro Godinho da Costa, said that the creation of the NDA aims to fight climate change through the mobilization of climate funds from international conventions that Timor-Leste ratified, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), The Paris Agreement and The Kyoto Protocol.

“The creation of this institute is essential to fulfil the mission and vision of mobilizing and managing the funds designed by the Green Climate Fund for mitigation and adaptation to the consequences of climate change, as well as to mobilize and capitalize investments related to decarbonization and the Clean Development Mechanism (UNFCCC),” said Pedro Godinho.

He recalled that in 2019, Timor-Leste received US$55 million from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for the construction of climate-resilient infrastructure.

The Secretary of State for Environment (SEA), Demetrio do Amaral de Carvalho said that the nomination of both new presidents based on the decision of the Council of Ministers aimed at establishing ANLA and the NDA in order to protect the environment and combat the effects of climate change.

“The establishment of ANLA and NDA is essential to mobilize climate funds and ensure sustainable development in line with international standards,” he concluded.

Journalist: Jose Belarmino De Sa
Editor: Nelia Borges

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