President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Enters Partnership With Conservation International

January 16, 2020

Dili, Timor-Leste (January 16, 2020) – Today, Conservation International and the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, represented by the first secretary Francisco Maria de Vasconcelos, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), formalizing their partnership to drive forward the sustainable use and protection of Timor-Leste’s natural resources.

Trudiann Dale, Country Director for Conservation International Timor-Leste said, “Timor-Leste has a unique environment with great biological value and strong potential for nature-based development. Our program is dedicated to keeping nature intact for the benefit of the people of Timor-Leste.”

Vasconcelos said, “Forest degradation is happening in Timor-Leste and the number has increased significantly. By launching One Community One Tree programme, the president invites all Timorese people, including international organizations to support this programme to become reality.”

By signing the MOU, Conservation International has become the first international NGO to officially support the president’s programme.

Dale continued, “Conservation International is very proud to formalize this partnership upon our ten-year anniversary working in Timor-Leste. The commitment and value that the president has in restoring, protecting and the sustainable use of nature is visionary.”

The partnership will particularly focus on the One million Tree program, “One Community One Tree.” Initiated by the president of the Republic, the One Million Trees program aims to plant over a million trees as a part of efforts to address land degradation and address climate change.

Conservation International will provide technical support to the president’s office for the One Million Trees programme on program design and help calculate accurately the number of trees planted, and how this is addressing land degradation issues, biodiversity, and climate change for the benefits of the people.

“Timor-Leste is taking great strides in recognizing the value of nature for the health of their people and their economy into the future. Conservation International looks forward to a long and strong future together,” said Dale.

About Conservation International Timor-Leste

Conservation International has worked in Timor-Leste since 2009, establishing its office in 2012. Conservation International is working directly with the government and local communities to halt the climate crisis while improving food security and livelihoods for the people of Timor-Leste, primarily by establishing and sustainably managing critical protected areas on land and at sea. For more, visit @citimorleste and conservation.org/timor-leste.

About Conservation International

Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International, the groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign and its series of virtual reality projects: “Drop in the Ocean”, “My Africa,” “Under the Canopy” and “Valen’s Reef.” Follow Conservation International’s work on our Human Nature blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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