Subject: UNTAET: Environmental Project Launched


UNTAET Daily Briefing 03 Nov 2000

Dili, 3 November 2000


A project to develop a future environment policy for East Timor will be launched next week by a cooperation team comprised of the United Nations Development Program, the Norwegian Government and UNTAET's Environment Protection Unit.

A team consisting of environment experts from Norway and the Philippines will arrive in Dili in two weeks to study environment problems facing the territory. They are expected to stay for four months and assist two environment experts from East Timor in their work.

The team's subsequent report is the first step towards a future environment policy.

The project is founded by the Norwegian Government with approximately US$200,000.

In addition, UNTAET's Environment Protection Unit started an environmental awareness training program on 25 October. Sixteen East Timorese representing various organizations are participating. The program includes field trips to Liquica, Manatuto and Dili districts.

The project is funded by AusAid and is being conducted by the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific at the University of Sydney, Australia.

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