Building Safer Future: Collaborative Efforts to Mitigate Disaster Risks in Timor-Leste






Dili - The IOM's latest project, launched on 27 March, seeks to build disaster resilience in Timor-Leste amid growing climate challenges. The nation has experienced unpredictable rainfall, coastal erosion, and the effects of climate phenomena like El Niño. Supported by the Government of Japan, the project aims to tackle these issues with inclusive and gender-responsive disaster risk management strategies to enhance the resilience of vulnerable and mobile communities. 

Since 2012, IOM Timor-Leste has been dedicated to reducing disaster risk by strengthening local preparedness and response capabilities to natural hazards. This one-year project prioritizes saving lives and protecting vulnerable people, with a special focus on improving emergency capabilities in disaster-prone border areas. 

A major focus of the project is to ensure accessible evacuation centres and essential services for vulnerable and mobile populations, including women, the elderly, and people with disabilities during crises. This effort aligns with strategies to mitigate displacement by providing critical support and resources in emergencies. Additionally, to safeguard the well-being of affected populations, the project aims to enhance the capacity of healthcare facilities to provide critical services during emergencies. 

The initiative supports the Government of Timor-Leste in integrating protective strategies, particularly in managing gender-based violence (GBV) risks during emergencies. This includes providing safe spaces for vulnerable groups and conducting community outreach for disaster preparedness and early warning systems. 

Moreover, the project plays a vital role in supporting the IOM’s Camp Coordination and Camp Management/Emergency Shelter cluster in addressing protection risks in humanitarian settings, which is essential for achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. 

"This initiative is geared towards establishing a solid foundation for disaster risk management that prioritizes the safety and well-being of all community members. This comprehensive strategy ensures that the most vulnerable groups have access to necessary services and facilities, aligning with national disaster risk reduction priorities and IOM's mission," says Ihma Shareef, Chief of Mission at IOM Timor-Leste. 

The project encompasses building resilient community infrastructure, enhancing governmental disaster risk management capabilities, and promoting inclusive participation. 

"Japan is also a disaster-prone nation, having experienced many disasters in the past, including floods, earthquakes, and tsunamis. However, tackling Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) has enabled us to become one of the most disaster-resilient nations in the world. I believe that Japan can share the knowledge and expertise we have gained," reflected Tetsuya Kimura, the Ambassador of Japan to Timor-Leste. 


For further information, please contact: 

Kristina Carreon, Head of EPC Program, IOM Timor-Leste,  

Sarah Al Jameel, Communication Officer,IOM Timor-Leste, 

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