13 Mar CTC Stakeholder Consultation for Marine Protected Area Management and Capacity Building Support in Timor-Leste

CTC traveled to Dili, Timor-Leste in February 2017 to conduct preliminary stakeholder consultation for a new three-year project that will support the establishment of Atauro Island as a new marine protected area.

During the stakeholders meeting, CTC met with government officials as well as local non-government organizations that are working on marine conservation in Timor-Leste to gain insights in the project’s design and implementation. The planned three-year project will be implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Timor-Leste and supported by the Waterloo Foundation. It is part of CTC’s commitment under a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Government of Timor-Leste in 2014.

Atauro Island sits just 24km north of Dili, is 23-kilometer-long and is home to about 8,000 people. According to a new biological survey published in 2016, it sits in waters that have more species of reef fish per site than any other place on the planet, with average of 253 reef fish species, underscoring the importance of protecting its waters under a formal MPA framework. (Photos by Marthen Welly/CTC)

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