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CITL and partners launch Marine and Coastal Resilience project

CITL and partners launch Marine and Coastal Resilience project

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DILI, 09 july 2024 (TATOLI) – The Conservation International Timor-Leste (CITL) and its Indonesian counterpart, on monday, launched the Solutions for Marine and Coastal Resilience project to promote sustainable livelihoods through the co-management model and marine protected areas between the two countries.

Country Director of the CITL, Manuel Mendes, said that the project, funded by the German Development Agency (GIZ), came about as part of the Coral Triangle Initiative for Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security and will run until december 2026, with US$1 million at its disposal.

“This initiative aims to increase the resilience of communities to the effects of climate change and protect marine ecosystems through the creation of two marine protected areas,” Mendes said on the sidelines of the project launch at the Timor Plaza, in Dili.

He said that the overall vision of the project is to collaborate with Indonesia in the management of marine resources.

At the same place, the representative of the Indonesian Conservation Mission, Fitri Hasibuan, said that a project with the same objective will also be implemented in Belu, in the province of Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT), and on the island of Wetar, in Maluku.

According to Fitri Hasibuan, this program aims to provide training to local communities on policies related to marine spatial plans and the ocean health index.

Present at the event were, the Executive Director of the Coral Triangle Initiative, Frank Keith Griffin, the National Director of Marine Spatial Planning and Aquatic Resource Management, Lino de Jesus Martins, as well as local authorities from the municipalities of Manatuto, Liquica, and Bobonaro.

 

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa
Editor: Filomeno Martins

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