Due to the geographical location of Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Timor Leste, World Vision Partnership formed the Pacific Timor Leste (PTL) office dedicated to develop projects for the region. This has allowed gaining more efficiency by sharing services, skills and expertise across the 4 national offices. PTL office is located in Brisbane and works closely with World Vision Australia and World Vision New Zealand on a range of programs. The Food Security and Climate Change (FSCC) team has a close relationship with PTL due to the vulnerability to climate change of the countries in the region, and has been recently supporting Timor Leste and Solomon Islands for Climate Change mitigation and adaptation field projects. The FSCC team has facilitated the development of a climate change strategy for the PTL region, and is working closely with the region’s Humanitarian Emergency Assistance director to integrate Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities with climate change adaptation where appropriate. Currently, the FSCC team is exploring the available options to expand the commitment to the PTL region and is working towards the introduction of energy programs into their current climate change portfolio.
The BRACCE Project is an integrated project focussing on restoring the environment in Aileu District East Timor. The District is highly deforested, eroded, and degraded and one of the most vulnerable districts to climate change in East Timor. Project staff are working with communities to reassert their control over local land and bring the land back to productivity by practicing FMNR. Along with restoring the environment, the project seeks to improve income through wood sales from regenerated FMNR areas, and eventually increased fruit and timber sales from agro-forestry activities. BRACCE is also supported by integrated programing in nutrition, WASH, and in cash crop development, helping to ensure long term development in Aileu District. (read more)
Makira is one of the most disaster prone provinces in the country. Rural Makira communities are vulnerable to natural and man-made hazards, due to their isolation, poor access to health and educational services, and high dependence on subsistence production. Settlements are clustered the coast line, which exacerbates their vulnerability to cyclones, storm surges, and sea level rise associated with global warming.The project has been developed primarily to raise awareness of climate change and disaster risks, decrease vulnerability of seven communities in one of the most vulnerable provinces, improve climate change and disaster preparedness and response, and build the capacity of communities, provinces and national agencies to integrate community based adaptation to climate change into disaster risk reduction and disaster management policies. (read more)