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"In addition to the many specific suggestions arising from the Conference papers and workshops, seven overarching recommendations are made. These represent important starting points to begin the journey towards sustainable development in Timor Lorosa’e." Conference on Sustainable Development in East Timor
See also:

Jan 25-31 2001 CSD: Introduction to Conference on Sustainable Development  Article
Jan 25-31 2001 CSD: Program for Conference on Sustainable Development  Summary
Jan 25-31 2001 CSD: ETTA: The Natural Resources of East Timor  Overview
BD: Reconstruction and 'Aid & Development' - A collection of recent press releases, reports, and articles

Recommendations of Conference on Sustainable Development

Conference on Sustainable Development in East Timor
Konferensi Pembangunan Berkelanjutan di Timor Lorosa'e

Recommendations:

In addition to the many specific suggestions arising from the Conference papers and workshops, seven overarching recommendations are made. These represent important starting points to begin the journey towards sustainable development in Timor Lorosa’e.

1. Include sustainable development within the Constitution being drafted for Timor Lorosa’e

2. Adopt a consistent set of sustainable development principles and guidelines for reviewing policies, programs and projects within Timor Lorosa’e. These may include:
· Social equity, economic efficiency, and ecological integrity
· The Precautionary Principle
· User Pays Principle
· Participatory decision-making

3. Approach national development planning by drafting a sustainable development strategy for Timor Lorosa’e

4. Address acute unsustainability concerns without delay. Examples include:
* Deforestation of watersheds
* Rural and urban primary environmental care, with attention to water and sanitation and housing, and urban land law
* Land tenure and rights for sustainable resource use
* Uncontrolled fishing on the southern banks of the seas of Timor Lorosa’e
* Recognise and conserve indigenous cultivars of useful plants
* Limited progress on achieving sustainable livelihoods for both urban and rural youth

5. Empower civil society groups and community organizations through participatory approaches to decision-making during and after the transition period.

6. Prioritise participation in existing global and regional multilateral environmental and sustainable development agreements based on Timor Lorosa'e’s needs and capacity.
· A key priority is to define Timor Lorosa'e’s ocean boundaries

7. Invest substantially in sustainable development, including significant revenue derived from the Timor Gap. Investment priorities include:
· Sustainable agriculture and biodiversity conservation
· Sustainable development education and research
· Water supply, sanitation and waste management
· Sustainable energy infrastructure
· Environmental impact assessment of development


See also:

Jan 25-31 2001 CSD: Introduction to Conference on Sustainable Development  Article up-dated Aug 3
" ... the human system is an integral part of the ecosystem. A society is sustainable only if both the human condition and the condition of the ecosystem are satisfactory or improving. If either is unsatisfactory or worsening, the society is unsustainable.
... The livelihoods of East Timorese people depend on a healthy and productive environment. All people and industries for example, depend on a healthy water supply. Agriculture, fisheries, and tourism also depend on the environment. To meet people’s needs now and for future generations, East Timor’s natural resource base must be conserved and improved.Mr Jose Lobato, Timor Aid

Jan 25-31 2001 CSD: Program for Conference on Sustainable Development  Summary up-dated Aug 3
"The 22 workshops on sustainable development issues first identified 4 priority issues and then listed strategies to address them. ...
Summary includes: Sustainable Economic Development; Education -at all levels of society; Capacity Building -at all levels of society; Transparent and Integrated Planning Process; Clear Policies -developed in consultation with the community; Transparent System of Regulations, Enforcement and Penalties; Recognition of Traditional Structures and Knowledge." Conference on Sustainable Development in East Timor

Jan 25-31 2001 CSD: ETTA: The Natural Resources of East Timor  Overview added July 25
"Because East Timor has ruled by other people for so long, the management of natural resources in this country has not received serious attention. The result is that today there is widespread deforestation and there are several species of bird and animals that are threatened with extinction. ... Thus if we wish to develop a better future for East Timor, the biophysical environment and natural resources of East Timor must be given attention so as to avoid further destruction and to repair environmental damage." Mario N. Nunes, Manger ETTA Forestry Unit

BD: Reconstruction and 'Aid & Development' - A collection of recent press releases, reports, and articles


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