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Last updated: November 25, 2021

November 25, 2021

Prepared by USAID’s Tourism For All Project, the Climate Change and Tourism in Timor-Leste: The Time to Act Now report is a compendium of publications related to international good practice in responding to climate change. This report seeks to inform Timor-Leste tourism stakeholders of inherent challenges and risks that will emerge in the coming years and provides a variety of examples of adaptive and mitigatory measures that can be implemented by the Government of Timor-Leste in partnership with the private sector.

USAID/Timor-Leste Mission Director Zema Semunegus, center, observes as workers clean, count, and disinfect fish eggs at the tilapia hatchery in Leohitu.
November 23, 2021

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Zema Semunegus and New Zealand Deputy Head of Mission Olivia Philpott today met with fish farmers in Bobonaro municipality and visited the MoreDoc Unipessoal Lda public-private-partnership (PPP) tilapia hatchery in Leohitu to study its success and advance plans to scale aquaculture across Timor-Leste. 

November 17, 2021

USAID’s Tourism For All Project celebrated World Tourism Day 2021 with the second annual Turizmu Ba Ema Hotu Tourism Champions awards. USAID recognized 13 companies, individuals, and organizations for their exceptional contribution to tourism and to society. This year, organizers came up with three awards categories, reflecting the particular challenges the sector has faced in Timor-Leste: Tourism Champions, Solidarity Champions, and Climate Champions. Here are four of the many compelling stories.

November 17, 2021

Working in partnership, USAID, through the USAID’s Tourism For All Project, Heineken Timor S.A., Telkomcel and the Directorate General of Tourism have developed a new travel app: GoTimor. 

October 25, 2021

On October 25, 2021, the Dili Canossian School launched a Green School initiative to educate schoolchildren and their parents about how to reduce, reuse and recycle single-use plastics. Under the project, developed by the school in partnership with the Secretary of State for the Environment and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through USAID’s Tourism For All Project, school officials, students and parents will work together to reduce plastic use and limit their carbon footprints, starting in the classroom and spreading the environmental message to the community at large.