This event has several key objectives which include promoting Timor-Leste’s fantastic diving to the region and further afield, providing an educational platform for the Timorese to better understand their natural resources and to promote environmentalism in Timor-Leste. In conjecture with this event “The Underwater World of Timor-Leste” is a multi media exhibition that represents an excellent opportunity for public education in a way that has never been done before in Timor-Leste.

Timor-Leste has been identified as part of the Coral Triangle of the Indo-Pacific region. The coral triangle is a significant initiative, which aims to preserve the incredible biodiversity of the area. President SBY has recently been awarded the UNEP award for his work in making the initiative a reality, the first time a political figure has been acknowledged by the institution. Timor-Leste has yet to realize the importance of its own resources outside of oil and natural gas.

Timor-Leste has been blessed with a magnificent coastline ringed by unspoiled fringing reefs teaming with countless species of fish and corals.  Marine biologists who have visited Timor-Leste suggest that Timor-Leste’s reefs are some of the most unspoilt, bio-diverse reef systems in the world.

With some effort, there is a huge potential for Timor-Leste to become one of the world’s top DIVE TOURISM destinations.  Scuba Diver Australia recently published an article on Timor-Leste calling it “Some of the Planet’s hottest diving”.

“The Underwater World of Timor-Leste” is a multi media exhibition that represents an excellent opportunity for public education in a way that has never been done before in Timor-Leste.

Many Timorese remain unclear about what lies beneath their waves. As a result they are unaware of how rare and fragile this natural resource is.  This exhibition, which will portray the ecology of Timor-Leste’s coastline, ocean and its inhabitants to the public will show the people of Timor-Leste that what they have is rare, valuable and easy to destroy. It will provide a resource that can be used on a permanent basis to educate the children and youth of Timor-Leste with an ongoing belief in environmentalism, sustainable tourism objectives and the importance of their resources for future generations.

The exhibition will feature multi lingual explanations on marine ecology, habitats and the animals that dwell in and around them. With visual aids ranging from locally produced artistic renditions, high resolution panel printing, projections/film areas (with appropriate subtitling) and even small aquariums the exhibition will allow interaction in ways never achieved before in educational platforms here in Timor-Leste.

Designed and produced in pack down transportable modules, the exhibition must be able to be moved and preserved in a well kept manner. The main objective would be to find a permanent location for the exhibition in Dili or possibly to move the exhibition around the country to District capitals for educational outreach in rural areas.