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About the Centre

The Centre for Climate Change and Biodiversity was established in 2014, at the National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL), under the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment, Government of Timor-Leste.
The Centre for Climate Change and Biodiversity conducts and houses research on climate related issues and biodiversity conservation in Timor-Leste.


To support the minimization of climate change impacts, and enhance biodiversity conservation for sustainable development.


To identify the risks of climate change in Timor-Leste, and identify loss of species, in order to develop appropriate strategies and technologies to mitigate the impacts of climate change; and to develop appropriate adaptation strategies for vulnerable species to climate change, thus maintaining food security and ecosystem sustainability.

Programme of Work

  • To facilitate and undertake research and technological development for addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation in Timor-Leste’s vulnerable sectors
  • To provide capacity building on climate change and biodiversity related issues as well as public awareness raising.
  • To conduct research and development in the area of biodiversity conservation, including but not limited to agriculture biodiversity, coastal and marine biodiversity, mountainous biodiversity, forest biodiversity, and provided appropriate data to the government of Timor Leste for developing conservation policies and measures.
  • To identify risks of climate change and loss of species.
  • To conduct climate change risk assessments and identify adaptation options for all vulnerable sectors, including biodiversity conservation, agriculture, fisheries, livestock, infrastructure, natural disasters, health as well as other identified sectors. 
  • To develop and analyze climate change impacts as according to current and future climate change projections.
  • To provide related data and recommend research outputs to the government of Timor-Leste for the purpose of policy development in addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation with regards to the sustainability of  food security and sustainable development for all aspects.
  • Training for researchers in climate change areas, with focus on vulnerability impact assessment and adaptation.
  • Cooperation with international entities such as the PCCSP, CSIRO, SPREP, and other international institutions.
  •  Cooperation with the Government of Timor-Leste to conduct conference activities or training and research funded under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Convention for Biological Diversity (UNCBD), and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and cooperation with the Convention Focal Points.

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