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EU supports NDCC for the Public Consultation on the draft of ‘Timor-Leste Climate Change Base Law’

EU supports NDCC for the Public Consultation on the draft of ‘Timor-Leste Climate Change Base Law’

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DILI, 10 june 2024 (TATOLI) – The National Directorate of Climate Change (NDCC) organized a public consultation on the draft Climate Change Base Law with 68 government and non-government stakeholders, including industry representatives, academics, and local authorities from Liquica, Ermera, and Bobonaro, to promote sustainable development and climate resilience

The workshop was organized with the support from the European Union Technical Assistance to Support Carbon Farming Project. This workshop was part of a series of sub-national consultation workshops that are being conducted throughout June 2024 in Dili, Baucau, Ainaro, and Oecusse, allowing public consultation in different country locations.

These consultations provide a platform for inclusive dialogue on the development of a Climate Change Base Law that will provide a legal basis for issues related to climate change, including carbon farming. The public consultation will take note of the priorities and ambitions of the stakeholders in the preparation of the law.

As the impact of climate change becomes increasingly evident, the need for robust, localized legislative frameworks is critical for effective mitigation and adaptation strategies.

 “Like Timor-Leste, the EU considers climate change to be a top priority for harmonious and sustainable development as well as reducing the risks of climate-related disasters. An overarching law that clearly guides climate change-related by-laws, directives, and decrees will help the central Government and municipalities develop plans and interventions that better consider climate change adaptation and mitigation,” said EU Head of Cooperation, Iotam Lerer.

“Timor-Leste has received extreme weather conditions in the past few years because of climate change. Some examples of climate change are rising temperatures, heavy rain, prolonged drought and strong winds. Let’s work together to reduce the impact of climate change so that we save our economy and resources. I urge today for your maximum participation to provide your feedback into the final version

The EU-Technical Assistance to Support Carbon Farming project is a three-year project funded by the European Union and being implemented in close coordination with the Government of Timor-Leste entities: National Designated Authority, National Directorate of Climate Change and Directorate General of Forestry. The project aims to address gaps in legal, policy, and institutional framework in the carbon farming sector. Alinea International, together with consortium partners, is implementing the project. The project is providing technical assistance to the Government of Timor-Leste on four legal and policy frameworks: updated Nationally Determined Contributions, Climate Change Base Law, Carbon Farming Policy and Guidelines, and design of Timor-Leste National Land Sector Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System. An expert team from Da Silva Teixeira Associates (DTA) and Pollination Group have drafted the Climate Change Base Law for the Government of Timor-Leste.

 

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Filomeno Martins 

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