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Complete mapping of vunerable coastal areas
by Government of Timor-Leste (Government)
As a small island developing state, Timor-Leste has a small but vitally important coast line. Mapping the coastal blue carbon ecosystems of mangroves, tidal marshes, and seagrasses, will be important in identifying their value as globally significant carbon sink. Removing or impacting on those systems will greatly increase Timor-Lestes liability for increasing ocean acidification. These important ecosystems are also responsible for mitigating climate change impacts such as storm surges, and for providing the food security for up to 90% of Timorese people. Understanding those ecosystems and their value to society, will provide the basis for the development of sound coastal development planning which will ensure the protection of these resources, while enabling their sustainable use.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Coastal clean-ups
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
December 2020
By 2020 have completed the report on coastal ecosystems and thier value for Timor-Leste in terms of carbon sinks, food security, and climate change
Other, please specify
Current partner research will contribute data to this deliverable
Basic information
Time-frame: November 2016 - December 2020
Timor-Leste universities Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Department of ALGIS
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Acacio Guterres, Director General Fisheries, guterres_acacio@yahoo.com, +670 77546398
Dili, Timor-Leste
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