Green Transformation Project

Summary

 

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are on the frontlines of the climate crisis. SIDS, particularly those in the Pacific region, are highly likely vulnerable due to their dependence on imports of goods, services, and energy supply; and a limitation of diversification of economic means. 

This project will support the inclusivity of gender-responsive actions to make women's and men’s concerns and experiences an integral dimension of climate-related policy and programs. Furthermore, the project will contribute to low carbon energy emissions and renewable energy in the country.

The Green Transformation Project will two (2) years duration to support rural communities to have access to clean and reliable energy, especially those who have not connected to the national electrical grid; Solarize national medical warehouse and two community health centers in the rural area; and revonation, solarization and installation of ICT equipment at 15 secondary and vocational schools’ ICT lab. Approximately more than 75,000 people (men and women) will benefit from rural electrification. These include solarization in 1,000 households in three municipalities students and teachers in 15 schools in ten (10) municipalities. 

 

 

Background

 

Faced with escalating impacts of climate change compounded by the socioeconomic challenges following the COVID-19 pandemic, Small Island Developing States in the Pacific are taking the initiative in jump-starting their green transformation to achieve a clean energy future and increasing resilience to climate pacts. Leveraging the countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) that have outlined the priorities and targets on clean energy and climate resilience, UNDP’s Climate Promise, the world’s largest offer of support to developing countries on designing and implementing these national climate commitments.

 

UNDP’s Project for Promoting Green Transformation in the Pacific Region towards Net-zero and Climate-resilient Development (Green Transformation for Pacific SIDS) aims to respond to the direst need to enhance human security through green transformation. This project aims to help Pacific counties address urgent, necessary, unpredictable, and un-substitutable needs to achieve ambitious climate actions.

 

By 2025, national and sub-national institutions and communities (particularly at-risk populations including women and children) in Timor-Leste will be better able to manage natural resources and achieve enhanced resilience to climate change impacts, natural and human-induced hazards, and environmental degradation, inclusively and sustainably. 

 

Project Outcome

  

The project aims to:

  • Support communities that are not yet connected to the national grid with solar lighting that will enable the household members, men, and women, to engage in productive work even in the evenings and for the children to study. Provide improved cooking stoves to the communities to reduce firewood consumption and prevent women from being exposed to air pollution from traditional cooking habits, which contributed to deaths from chronic respiratory illnesses, 60% of whom were female.
  • Support the solarization of SAMES so that this critical health facility will have a reliable source of electricity to store medicines in the temperature required, strengthen service operations, strengthen its digital systems for inventory management, and save funds in the long run. The project will also aim to solarize 2 community health centres/health posts in rural areas, improving community services, especially for women who often do not have access to better health facilities in the big towns/cities.
  • Support the solarization of schools so that the ICT labs can have a reliable source of energy to conduct ICT classes uninterruptedly and promote access to digital learning platforms.

 

Impact

START DATE

February 2023

END DATE

March 2025

STATUS

Ongoing

PROJECT OFFICE

Timor-Leste

IMPLEMENTING PARTNER

UNDP

DONORS

GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS

$1,620,954

DELIVERY IN PREVIOUS YEARS

2023$196,070

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