Timor-Leste is confronted with pressing climate change issues that threaten its fragile ecosystem and agricultural-dependent economy. The nation is confronted with escalating temperatures, unpredictable rainfall patterns, and the imminent risk of rising sea levels, all of which adversely affect the livelihoods of Timor-Leste’s population. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, IFSD aims to address these challenges by conducting rigorous research, formulating informed policy recommendations, and fostering collaborative partnerships.
Our research considers the local context to tailor initiatives to the nation’s specific needs. Based on our findings, we develop policy recommendations aligned with Timor-Leste’s climate change challenges. We further collaborate with government agencies, local communities, NGOs, and international organizations in implementing effective strategies for resilience and sustainable development.
IFSD’s Ongoing Initiatives in Timor-Leste
1. Forest Governance, Tenure and Ecosystem Restoration
IFSD recognizes the significance of responsible forest management and land tenure systems. Our initiatives aim to improve forest governance to promote sustainable resource use and empower local communities. IFSD is actively involved in research efforts aimed at restoring degraded ecosystems, enhancing their resilience to climate-related stresses.
2. Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM)
Empowering local communities in natural resource management is a cornerstone of IFSD’s approach. Through CBNRM initiatives, we want to explore interventions for watershed conservation and assess the impact of CBNRM in Timor-Leste.
3. Addressing Loss and Damage
IFSD is dedicated to addressing the escalating climate-induced loss and damage in Timor-Leste. By working closely with local partners, including our national partner RAEBIA, we strive to explore opportunities to build the country’s climate resilience.
Through our targeted initiatives focusing on forest governance, ecosystem restoration, loss and damage, and more, we strive to explore solutions for a resilient future for Timor-Leste. Below are our dedicated team of specialists leading our efforts in Timor-Leste.