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Timor-Leste sows mangrove seeds to restore ecosystem
People plant mangroves near Hera in Timor-Leste. The government says that mangrove forests have been damaged due to El-Nino and illegal cutting for fire wood. (Photo by Thomas Ora)
Thomas Ora, Dili
Timor Leste

March 1, 2017

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Timor-Leste's Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment has launched a joint effort to tackle coastal abrasion by restoring about twelve hectares of mangroves which were damaged by El-Nino or cut down for firewood.

Dozens of government officials, environmental activists and church representatives were present at a recent planting of mangroves in Hera village, part of Dili district, one of the country's largest mangrove areas.

Joao Carlos Soares, director-general for the environment department at the ministry, said that the government was aware of the urgent need to look after the country's coast.

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