Application of Ridge to Reef Concept for biodiversity conservation, and for the enhancement of ecosystem service and cultural heritage in Niue

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From April 21, 2016 to April 20, 2022

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  2. 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management
  3. 14.2 Sustainably manage, protect, restore marine, coastal ecosystems

Project ID: 5258

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Technical team

  • Oceans and Water Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Climate resilient integrated water resource & coastal area management
  • Sustainable management of oceans in a changing climate


  • Marine
  • Conserved areas


  • Seas
  • Coral reefs
  • Marine and coastal protected areas
  • Locally managed marine areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry and other land use
  • Fisheries

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Governance
  • Management operation
  • Capacity building


  • Participatory governance models
  • Inter-sectoral coordination
  • Ecosystem and ecosystem services conservation/restoration
  • Institutional capacity building

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Women

Gender equality

  • Gender-responsive policies

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  • 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management
  • 14.2 Sustainably manage, protect, restore marine, coastal ecosystems

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Nature-based solution
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

About this project


This project will enhance the NiueÔÇÖs capacities to effectively create and manage its protected areas, focusing on the expansion of its PA estate on land and on its marine areas through a combination of community conservation areas and government-led PA. In the Community Conservation Area, strict protection and sustainable use zones will be identified and planned carefully, recognizing that tenure over most land areas are vested in local communities. This project has been designed to engineer a paradigm shift in the management of marine and terrestrial PA sites from a site centric approach to a holistic ÔÇ£ridge to reefÔÇØ management approach, whereby activities in the immediate production landscapes adjacent to marine and terrestrial protected areas will be managed to reduce threats to biodiversity stemming from key production activities (tourism and agriculture). Additionally, the project also introduces the concept of connectivity in landscape and seascape in Niue. The terrestrial protected area will include a landscape that links strictly protected community areas (Tabu) to each other to enhance their integrity and to form a corridor between them. Similarly, the creation of a protected area in Beveridge Reef is expected to sustain recruitment of clams and other marine species for NiueÔÇÖs coral reefs and vice versa.


To strengthen conservation and sustainable use of land, water and marine areas and their biodiversity by building on their cultural heritage values through integrated national and community actions.

USD $4,334,862

Grant amount

USD $11,068,600

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($4,334,862)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Ministry of Natural Resources

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