Mr. Adão Soares Barbosa
Institution: Ministry of Affairs and Cooperation
Mr. Adão Soares Barbosa graduated from Universitas Timor-Timur (UNTIM) especially Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy in 1997 and Master in Environmental Management from Victoria University, in Melbourne Australia in 2005. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Adão Barbosa was a lecturer at the faculty of agriculture, Universitas Timor Timur (UNTIM), and from 2000 up to now, he is a senior lecturer at the Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture, the National University of Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL) in Timor-Leste. He is also head of the Center for Climate Change and Biodiversity UNTL since 2014 to 2021. Mr. Adão Barbosa was nominated by the Government of Timor-Leste to be a National Focal Point of Timor-Leste to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2007 up to 2021. Since then, he involved the UN climate change negotiations on behalf of Timor-Leste from 2007 to date. In 2009, the Least Developed Countries Group (LDCs) under the UNFCCC nominated him to be the LDCs’ Coordinator and spokesperson for loss and damage on behalf of the LDCs member states up to date. He was a member of Adaptation Fund Board under the Kyoto Protocol from 2011 to 2014 as the LDCs representative. From 2014 to 2021 he was a member of the Executive Committee for Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage under the UNFCCC as a representative of the LDCs. Mr. Adão is also member of the Least Developed countries Expert Group (LEG) under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement from 2016 to date and at the LEG 42 meeting; he was nominated as the Vice Chair of the LEG. In 2021, he was nominated by the Government of Timor-Leste and the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to be a Special Envoy with the Category of Ambassador at Large for Climate Affairs for the Democratic republic of Timor-Leste with a period of 2021 to 2024
Relevant skills on climate change adaptation:
Mr. Adão Soares Barbosa has experience on vulnerability assessment since he led vulnerability assessment for Hera and Pantai Kelapa in Dili capital city which was managed by the Center for Climate change and biodiversity of the National University of Timor Lorosae, and undertaking vulnerability assessment in 35 villages in Timor-Leste under the UNDP Project on Dili-Ainaro Road Development Corridor funded by the GEF/LDCF. He also has very good adaptation planning processes since he was acting as a national consultant for formulating Timor-Leste’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) in 2018-2020. In addition, he has very good experience on linking climate change adaptation to disaster risk management issues since he was a consultant for developing 13 training modules for these areas and using these modules to train all government officials from 13 municipalities in Timor-Leste in order to integrate climate change adaptation and DRR into sub national policies, plans and activities.