Fridays for Climate | Traditional customs in Timor Leste for climate resilience

Fridays for Climate | Traditional customs in Timor Leste for climate resilience

In Timor Leste, the EU GCCA+ project supports remote farming communities become more resilient to the impacts of climate change such as extreme drought and flooding. 🌍

Based on traditional custom called ‘tara bundu’ aiming to solve communities’ challenges through consensus and to live in harmony with nature, mountain farmers agree on conservation agriculture measures. It includes digging reservoirs to collect rainfall and conserving soil by avoiding slash and burn. 🌱

For example, the water supply to 36 households in one village was repaired and upgraded following tara bandu.

“Before, we didn’t get water and we couldn’t plant any vegetables. Now that we get water, we can plant our garden and we also have a good supply of water for the animals.”  💦
-  Antonia Alves de Jesus, beneficiary of the EU GCCA+ programme
 

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