Strengthening Community Resilience to Climate Induced Natural Disasters in the Dili to Ainaro Road Development Corridor, Timor Leste


The government of Timor-Leste is currently investing heavily in transport infrastructure as a basis for securing the country’s long-term development goals. These investments are at risk as a result of climate change and therefore require a strategy to ensure their long-term sustenance. The Dili to Ainaro development corridor is one such region that is increasingly at risk from climate change and disaster related impacts including localized flooding, landslides and strong winds. Therefore, this project will focus on the populace dependent on critical economic infrastructure to make it more resilient through prevention and preparedness measures. Consequently, this will help to secure the medium to long-term development benefits of vulnerable local people of this region.

Project Details

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Thematic Area: 
Climate-Related Hazards Addressed: 
Level of Intervention: 
Key Collaborators: 
Primary Beneficiaries: 
Population dependent on critical infrastructure in the Dili to Ainaro development corridor
Implementing Agencies & Partnering Organizations: 
Ministry of Tourism Trade and Industry of Timor-Leste (MTCI)
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Government of Timor-Leste
Ministry of Social Solidarity, Government of Timor-Leste
Ministry of Public Works, Government of Timor-Leste
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Project Status: 
Source of Funds Pipeline
Financing Amount: 
$5,748,750 (As of February 2013, detailed in PIF)
Co-Financing Total: 
$78,726,780 (As of February 2013, detailed in PIF)

Key Results and Outputs

The project has three main components with the following associated outcomes –

  1. Improved climate and disaster risk management is enabled through the establishment of a national training and knowledge hub focusing on climate risk and vulnerability assessment, damage and loss assessment, contingency planning among others (Outcome 1.1) and; the extension of national DRM policy and institutional roles to address climate change and disaster risk reduction measures, including assessment methods etc. (Outcome 1.2).
  2. Climate and disaster risk planning along with its budgeting and delivery is strengthened including the strengthening of district and sub-district Disaster Management Committees and District Disaster Operation Centres to plan, budget and deliver climate induced disaster prevention financing (Outcome 2.1) and; design of community to district level EWS systems for climate induced extreme events (Outcome 2.2).
  3. Investments are made in climate resilient community-based adaptation measures including community level climate change vulnerability and risk assessments with a specific focus on gender (Outcome 3.1) and; design and implementation of community level watershed management measures to reduce direct physical impacts of high intensity rainfall events in climate vulnerable hotspots along the Dili to Ainaro development corridor (Outcome 3.2).



Programme Meetings and Workshops

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Strengthening Timor’s Resilience to Climate Change

The Dili-Ainaro Road Development Corridor (DARDC) Project - full title 'Strengthening Community Resilience to Climate Induced Natural Disasters in the Dili to Ainaro Road Development Corridor, Timor Leste' - aims to strengthen the resilience of communities living in the Dili-Ainaro Road Development Corridor to climate-induced disaster such as floods, erosion, fire, destructive winds and landslides, by reducing the risk of damage to road infrastructure and communities.

Monitoring and Evaluation

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Keti Chachibaia
Regional Technical Advisor