Timor-Leste’s response to the El Niño emergency in 2015-16 has exposed the challenges ahead as climate-induced disasters become commonplace in the future.

Read more: Lessons From The Field: Timor-Leste And El Niño – Analysis


Handover of five rainwater harvesting tanks

Communities of Luro in Lautem municipality, Timor-Leste, gathered on October28th2017 for the handover ceremonies of five rainwater harvesting tanks. The tanks, made offeror-cement can hold 10,000 liters of rain and spring water and provides water to 15-20 household members for group-managed horticulture activities. Seven more tanks are due for handover soon to seven otheraldeias(sub-villages). The installation of the tanks comes as part of the Integrated Actions for Resilience and Adaptation (IA4RA) to climate change project that works in the nine villages in the area of the Raumoco Watershed.

Read more: European Union supports Timorese rural communities to adapt to climate change



As the aftermath of the U.S. election fixes our attention internationally, and will continue to do so as we wait to see what happens next, the issue of climate change is only accelerating in urgency. We must not allow ourselves to lose focus, particularly on the climate talks currently underway in Marrakech (COP22). 

Like so many other parties to the Paris Accords, the government of my country, Timor-Leste, has been diligently developing our Nationally Determined Contribution, our country’s response outlining our commitment to work with the global community to fulfill the Paris Agreement in achieving our shared goals to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C, to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C, and to achieve net zero emissions in the second half of this century. 

The idea that climate change is a “hoax invented by China” would be laughable if it weren’t for the fact that so many Americans seem to have been swept up into the jet stream behind the person promoting the idea. As the rest of us know, including those in the world’s poorest countries, who will suffer the earliest and the most, it is not just a matter of losing animal species. Climate change posts serious humanitarian and security risks for us all. Hindering the progress made to date threatens our collective future. 

Global education on the facts of climate change is a key to achieving the change required. And it must encompass everyone, from those sitting around the boardroom tables of our world’s business communities to the subsistence farming communities in the developing world. Every community can play a part, and every community has a stake in doing so. 

Read more: In The Mountains Of Timor-Leste, A Small Success On Climate Change


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