Description/achievement of initiative
- Establishment of foundational scientific tools and provision of technical assistance to understand how these tools can be used. The foundational scientific tools include satellite mapping of coral reefs and nearshore ecosystem; baseline data on ocean acidification to monitor the effects and impacts of ocean acidification and other climate-related changes on the coastal and coral reef ecosystems of Timor-Leste; Enhanced the Government of Timor-Leste's capacity to develop and implement an ecosystem approach to fisheries management plans.- The baseline data produced will support the Government of Timor-Leste's sound ecosystem-based fisheries management actions.
An inter-agency agreement between USAID and NOAA provides funding for the activities; NOAA provides technical expertise to conduct activities and to collect and analyze data.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
See objective for details on training.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The project is USAID/Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA) managed. USAID/Timor-Leste mission buys-in into the regional USAID-NOAA Participating Agency Partnership Agreement (PAPA), an coordinates all activities in Timor-Leste.
Government of Timor-Leste, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)