Sustainable Villages Oecusse

Sustainable Villages: Oecusse, Timor-Leste.   RAWCS Project #  50-2011-12

Project Name:                                  Sustainable Villages Project          Environmental and Social


RAWCS Project No.                         50-2011-12                                       Rotary E Club of Greater Sydney

                                                                                                                        Brookvale Rotary

Project Manager                              Rtn Judith Charnaud              

Deputy Project Manager AG John Corney                     

Website:                                   or google MFOO (Manly Friends of Oecusse)

Project commenced:                      2011

Place/Country                                  Oecusse                                             Timor Leste



Objectives of the project:

Empower villagers  to make informed decisions and design site-specific strategies to reduce the impacts of environmental degradation on their village life style.

Reduce incidence of water borne disease, provide potable water.

Reforestation in catchments therefore decrease erosion and water turbidity

Components of project.

Administering Village Environmental Action Planning, (VEAP). First step in the project is to implement the VEAP giving villagers the opportunity to develop site-specific action plans by:

Preparing detailed village resource map

Conducting water quality and environmental assessments

Identifying key issues and causes

Developing their future vision

Implementing site-specific strategies and actions.


Water testing One of the major problems affecting health and well-being of the people of Oecusse is contaminated water. Water borne diseases, (gastro-enteritis, diarrhoea, dysentery) are endemic.


Provision of potable water

Rehabilitation of two wells per village, community provides labour.

Provision of 20 bio-sand filtration units. Which are made locally, cheap, easy to use and long-lasting.


Reforestation program, Distribute 800 native seedlings per village (native timber and food trees.)

Food security. Distribute: stock, (chickens, pigs, goats) vegetable seeds, educate villagers about permaculture.

Youth Activities: We have designed programs for schools as extra-curricula activities are non-existent.  Youth-in-Action GREEN Games, an annual event attracts over 1000 participants, World Environment Day activities such as Environment Congress, village clean ups and vocal competitions involve all local secondary schools.


Read the latest report (August 2016)

from member Judith Charnaud, OzGREEN Program Manager for Oecusse, Timor Leste