Climate Proofing Timor-Leste's Roads

Publication | May 2010

When climatic changes impact roads to the point that their closure or threatened disappearance becomes commonplace, climate change risks should logically be considered in a rehabilitation project.

Highlights

  • When conducting climate change assessments, identify climate change parameters that are most important to a project from the onset.
  • To counter inherent uncertainties in mathematical models, adopt an integrated “top-down” and “bottom-up” approach to climate change assessment.
  • Small investments to climate-proof road projects can lead to substantial savings in future rehabilitation costs.