CVTL and UNEP Conduct Successful Monitoring Visit in Viqueque to Enhance Community-Based Early Warning Systems

In an effort to bolster disaster preparedness and community resilience, the Viqueque Branch of the Red Cross of Timor-Leste (CVTL) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) conducted a comprehensive monitoring visit from June 25 to 27, 2024. The visit focused on the Camelitur and Aisahe Sub-Villages within the Bahalara-Uain Village in Viqueque. The team, comprising staff and volunteers from CVTL’s National Headquarters, Viqueque Branch, and UNEP, aimed to assess and gather insights on the Community-Based Early Warning System (CBEWS) in the targeted areas.

During the monitoring visit, the team conducted interviews with various local leaders and community representatives. The discussions with village and sub-village chiefs, youth leaders, and other community members provided valuable feedback on the effectiveness and visibility of the CBEWS equipment, such as posters and banners installed in individual homes. These interactions highlighted the community’s engagement and awareness regarding disaster preparedness and early warning systems.

A significant component of the visit was the series of group discussions and simulation exercises on natural disasters, specifically floods. These exercises were led by village volunteers, known as Volkom, and involved active participation from the community. The practical simulations aimed to enhance the community’s readiness and response capabilities in the event of a natural disaster, fostering a proactive approach to disaster management.

The initiative saw a diverse group of participants, including the Village Chief, Sub-Village Chiefs, Youth Leaders, and community members, totaling 32 participants with a notable inclusion of 20 women and 12 men. This inclusive participation underscores the community’s collective effort and commitment to disaster preparedness, ensuring that all voices are heard and considered in the planning and execution of early warning systems.

This vital activity was made possible through the funding from the CBEWS-UNEP, facilitated by the Secretary of State for Environment – National Designated Authority for Climate Change (AND, IP). The collaboration between CVTL and UNEP signifies a robust partnership aimed at empowering local communities, enhancing their resilience to natural disasters, and promoting sustainable environmental practices.

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