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River Catchment and Marine Productivity in Timor Leste

Alongi, D, Carvalho, NA, da Silva, M, Geterres, HS, Inicio, F, Amaral, AL, da Silva, O, McWilliam, A, Tirendi, F, Trott, L and Wasson, RJ (2006). River Catchment and Marine Productivity in Timor Leste. Dili: Final Report to UNDP.

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Author Alongi, D
Carvalho, NA
da Silva, M
Geterres, HS
Inicio, F
Amaral, AL
da Silva, O
McWilliam, A
Tirendi, F
Trott, L
Wasson, RJ
Title of Report River Catchment and Marine Productivity in Timor Leste
Parent Publication ATSEF project
Publication Date 2006
Publisher Final Report to UNDP
Place of Publication Dili
Abstract There is considerable concern within Timor Leste that upland land use practices have led to marked increases in erosion and landslides with a subsequent increase in sedimentation and nutrient pollution in waterways, estuaries and the adjacent coastal zone and seas, but no scientific studies has been done to identify what actually is going on. This activity is a joint initiative between the UNDP Regional Environment Governance Programme, Government of Timor-Leste, UNDP Timor-Leste and ATSEF attempting to carry out a preliminary assessment to identify the effect of present and future land use practices on estuaries and coastal productivity in Timor Leste and riverine input to the Arafura & Timor Seas region. Community capacity will also be enhanced to take a much more proactive role in the decision making process of policies that affect their livelihood. A multidisciplinary and integrated approach would be used, covering both biophyisical and social apsects. The study will ultimately suggest management options to minimize degradation of natural resources in these catchment and coastal systems including contaminants to the adjacent seas
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