quarta-feira, 26 de dezembro de 2012

Trochus Illegal Exploitation in NKSNP

Conservation International has recorded an illegal vessel taking trochus from the marine section of the Nino Konis Santana National Park.

CI reports that in October 2012, the illegal fishing vessel entered the waters of Timor-Leste and "cleaned out an entire population of Trochus, a valuable seashell in the food export market, from a “no-take zone” located within the Nino Konis Santana National Park. Although this is technically a protected area — in fact, the country’s first and only national park — criminals don’t play by the rules. The total value of their loot was a cool US$ 20,000, which is a fortune to the community that had spent the last two years allowing the Trochus population to regenerate."

CI notes in its report that "one of the saddest aspects of this tale is that the illegal vessel was operating in full view of the community, who could only watch as the boat’s crew made off with their ill-gotten gains with impunity. Confronting these illegal fishers would have been tantamount to a death wish, as they were armed with weapons they would not hesitate to use."

CI has been supporting the communities in advocating to the Timorese government to put a formal protection system in place within the park, including coast guards. 

Much of Timor-Leste’s environment has yet to be explored and much environmental harm was perpetrated by both the Portuguese and Indonesians in their rapacious exploitation of the vast sandalwood forests which once covered the entire island and fish stocks*. Even so, the island is situated in the Wallacea biodiversity hotspot between Australia and Asia and in the heart of the Coral Triangle and so the lands and waters of Timor-Leste are home to potentially globally significant biodiversity and high rates of species found nowhere else in the world.

CI is the first international environment NGO registered in Timor-Leste. With the support of USAID under the Coral Triangle Support Partnership, CI has conducted a successful marine conservation program in collaboration with the communities of Com, Tutuala and Lore.

CI has had great success in engaging communities to protect their own natural resources, because it is these communities who depend on their environment the most for their daily needs and livelihoods. About 90% of Timorese depend on natural resources for their daily survival. The difficulty is poachers from outside the communities who take whatever they want and leave the communities to deal with the repercussions.
Source: ETLJB

segunda-feira, 10 de dezembro de 2012

UNCLOS by Timor-Leste

Proposal of the Resolution on the approval of the United Nations Convention on the Law
of the Sea

The Council of Ministers approved the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) for ratification by the National Parliament. The international treaty defines the rights and obligations of States’ use of seas and oceans.

Timor-Leste is an island State with maritime borders not yet defined according to the fair rules of UNCLOS. The National Parliament has stated the need to fix maritime borders so that the country can meet its responsibilities in relation to both environmental protection and the conservation of its natural resources. This is a national priority and legal and technical teams will be created to define the borders and to provide technical advice on this matter to the Government.



Geology and Soils in Timor-Leste is a short desk-study report by Steve Thompson on the connection between the geology of the half-island country and the currently known distribution of soil types.

The report shows how basic information on Timorese soil was collected and published around 1961 in the Carta Dos Solos de Timor (Soil Map of Timor).

These maps were digitized in 2004 and the information was re-interpreted and upgraded according to the 1990 soil classification of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

According to Thompson a simplified soil classification, with reference to local soils based on the relative proportions of silt, sand and clay, and providing information on soil conditions and soil fertility across the country would be a valuable input for location-specific agricultural development.

The full report can be read here.

SOURCE: Seeds of Life

sexta-feira, 7 de dezembro de 2012


7/12 Is a silent day. In 1975, the Indonesian troops, brutally invaded Timor-Leste. In 2002 the nation saw itself "free". In almost 30 years of indecency,  1/3 of the Timorese population disappeared. The other 2/3 cried (and still). Since 2002, justice has been claimed by Timoreses and internationals, that share one opinion: if Timor-Leste had been pacifically added as an Indonesian territory, some indonesian would be a success person. But it didnt happen at all. So, where are the brave/conqueror indonesians to assume their inexplicable/unrepairable actions taken during 30 years? 
Even in Tetun, the picture below talks itself.