2021, Report
ATAÚRO ISLAND: Sustainable Management Plan

Ataúro Island is Timor-Leste’s largest island and has been recognized by the Government of Timor- Leste (GoTL) as a critical area for marine and terrestrial biodiversity. The island hosts a population of more than 11,000 people, distributed across five villages (suco), with livelihoods dominated by a reliance on natural resources and ecosystem services (for agriculture, raising livestock and fishing). In 2019, in response to an increasing number of tourists drawn to visit the island for its stunning landscape and exceptional natural beauty, an “Ataúro Island Sustainable Tourism Strategy” was produced with support from the USAID Tourism For All Project. To complement this tourism strategy, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) identified the need for a Sustainable Management Plan (SMP) for the area, to support and guide the sustainable development of the island, and the communities that depend upon its resources, over the coming five years (2021-2025).

2021, Report
ILLA ATAÚRO: Planu Jestaun Sustentável

Illa Ataúro mak Timor-Leste nia illa ne’ebé boot liu no rekoñese ona husi Governu Timor-Leste (GoTL) nu’udar área krítiku ba biodiversidade tasi no terestre. Illa ne’e nia populasaun hamutuk liu 11,000, destribuidu iha suku lima, ho sira nia atividade moris loro-loron domina husi dependensia ba rekursu naturál no servisu ekosistema sira (ba agrikultura, hakiak animál no kail ikan). Iha 2019, responde ba númeru turista ne’ebé aumenta hakarak vijita illa ne’e tanba ninia paizajen ne’ebé furak no nia natureja úniku ne’ebé furak, prodús ona “Estratéjia Turizmu Sustentável Illa Ataúro” ida ho apoiu husi USAID’s Tourism For All Project. Atu kompleta estratéjia turizmu ida ne’e, Ministériu Agrikultura no Peskas (MAP) identifika ona nesesidade atu iha Planu Jestaun Sustentál (PJS) ida ba área ne’e, hodi apoiu no guia dezenvolvimentu sustentável illa ne’e, no komunidade sira ne’ebé depende ba iha illa ne’e nia rekursu sira, iha tinan lima oin mai (2021-2025).

2019, Report
Indonesia Market Assessment Of Potential For Faith-Based Tourism In Timor-Leste
A Study of Indonesian Niche Source Market Potential |

As a predominantly Catholic country, Timor-Leste has a unique opportunity to develop faith-based tourism that is inclusive of all religions in Timor-Leste (e.g. Hindu, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Confucious). There is an entire industry catering to faith-based travel, tourism and hospitality that includes people embarking on individual or group pilgrimages or missionary travel as well as religion-based cruises, fellowship vacations, crusades, rallies, retreats and visiting iconic faith-based tourist attractions across the globe. For example, it is estimated that as much as seven percent (160 million) of the world’s Christian population (2.2 billion) are on the move as pilgrims each year.

Organisations: Chemonics International