DILI, 24 october 2023 (TATOLI) – The Designated National Authorities (DNAs) organised a two-day seminar on the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to discuss Timor-Leste’s climate change adaptation and mitigation program.
The President of NDAs, Pedro Costa said that the aim of the seminar is to gather thoughts and opinions from different stakeholders to design an Integrated Climate Change Proposal in order to seek more funds to help advance action on climate change adaptation and mitigation in Timor-Leste.
NDAs provide broad strategic oversight of the GCF’s activities in Timor-Leste and communicate the country’s priorities for financing low-emission and climate-resilient development.
Representatives from different stakeholders were invited to share their thoughts on the country’s climate change adaptation and mitigation program, including carbon credits, tree planting, waste cleanup, renewable energy, and blue economy.
“Gathering ideas from different stakeholders is crucial to improving the country’s adaptation and mitigation priorities,” Costa said at the National Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, held in Dili, on monday.
Costa said Timor-Leste needs to improve its Early Warning System to be able to generate and disseminate timely and meaningful warning information to enable individuals, communities, and organizations threatened by a hazard to prepare and to act appropriately and in sufficient time to reduce the possibility of harm or loss.
GCF has been supporting Timor-Leste with the enhancement of its Early Warning Systems project to build greater resilience to hydro-meteorological hazards in Timor-Leste.
This project will help to transform Timor-Leste’s climate information capabilities and early warning systems – which are vital to the country’s response to climate change.
The representative of Core Group Transparency (CGT), Sabino Fitun, said that his NGO had been monitoring the implementation of the GCF in Timor-Leste between 2021 and 2022.
Climate change — manifested through rising mean temperature, warming and rising sea level, ocean acidification and deoxygenation, less predictable and more extreme rainfall, tropical cyclones, flooding, landslides and prolonged droughts—presents serious challenges to Timor-Leste’s development and risks to lives, livelihoods, health, biodiversity, food security, water supply, and economic growth.
Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá
Editor: Filomeno Martins