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Improve guidelines for nature-based tourism
by Government of Timor-Leste (Government)
Located in the Coral Triangle, Timor-Leste is home to extraordinary marine biodiversity. In addition to the fish and corals, dolphins and whales populate the waters during most of the year. Some populations are resident, while others congregate during the annual migration west. Apart from the cetaceans, Timor-Leste is also home to three marine turtle species, and protects more than 12 species of shark. With Tourism being one of the governments economic development strategies, there is plenty of opportunity for marine tourism to bring in much needed income to local communities. To ensure sustainable marine tourism, that will protect the natural marine resources the industry is based upon, it is necessary to develop Guidelines, Strategic Plans and Policy.
Progress reports
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 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
June 2020
Whale Watching Guidelines in place by 2020
June 2020
SCUBA Diving Guidelines in place by 2020
June 2020
Guideline for engaging with marine animals such as turtles, in place by 2020
Other, please specify
1st workshop on developing Whale watching guidelines completed in 2016
Other, please specify
Scoping study of the SCUBA industry in Timor-Leste completed
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2016 - June 2020
Ministry of Tourism, Art, and Culture Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Environment
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Jose Qunitas, National Director for Tourism, josequintas2003@yahoo.co.uk,
Dili, Timor-Leste
Other SDGs
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