Carbon Offset Timor Leste (COTI- the local NGO formed to manage the Darwin project with GTNT) were successful in getting an EU grant to expand agroforestry plantations and capacity building to Manatuto Vila subdistrict over six months (Sept 2019 to March 2020). Two demonstration plots will be established to teach agroforestry best practices and carbon sequestration monitoring. The demonstration plots will consist of 2 hectares in a low dryland area and 1 hectare in the upland area. In addition, COTI has identified a dry coastal area in Manatuto Vila to plant around 20,000 trees, mainly Casuarina. Local rituals by elders have been performed on site.
Three tree nurseries have been established in Manatuto Vila to supply 27,000 seedlings for the demonstration plots and coastal reforestation area. Seedlings include Casuarina, Mahogany, Australian Red Cedar and White Teak. A trainer is developing guidelines and training materials on tree planting, agroforestry, organic fertilizers and nursery establishment. Training for agroforestry, tree planting and nursery management will be held in December 2019 in Manatuto Vila. Selected farmers from Manatuto Vila and Laclubar will be invited to participate.
Casuarina nursery at Olaria, Manatuto Vila November 2019
Elders carrying out ritual to prepare demonstration sites