Implementing a Ridge to Reef approach to protecting biodiversity and ecosystem functions within and around protected areas in Grenada

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From February 10, 2015 to February 10, 2021

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  2. 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use
  3. 14.2 Sustainably manage, protect, restore marine, coastal ecosystems

Project ID: 5087

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem management and restoration
  • Strengthening conservation areas


  • Ecosystem-based mitigation
  • Agrobiodiversity


  • Marine
  • Conserved areas
  • Forests


  • Large marine ecosystem
  • Marine and coastal protected areas
  • Terrestrial protected areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry and other land use
  • Livestock

UNDP role(s)

  • Institutional mechanism and system building
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Policy advice


  • Mitigation adaptation
  • Food and agricultural commodities
  • Management operation

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality

  • Women farmers

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience
  • Reduce exposure

SDG target(s)

  • 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  • 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use
  • 14.2 Sustainably manage, protect, restore marine, coastal ecosystems

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • SIDS
  • Structural/system transformation
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

About this project


The project will implement the Ridge to Reef Approach seeking to expand the existing PA system in the country through the establishment of one new terrestrial PA and four new marine PAs. The project focuses on reducing threats to biodiversity by addressing habitat degradation and over-exploitation of biological resources within PAs and contribute to halting and reversing current trends in land degradation. The project will focus on integrated watershed management through sustainable agriculture practices in the Beausejour Watershed which has direct and significant negative impacts on ecosystem services in protected areas in Grenada. The aim is to prevent erosion and sedimentation entering coastal and near shore waters and create livelihood benefits for local communities while conserving important terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems.The project will enable to advance the implementation of the Grenada System Plan for Parks and Protected Areas and the Grenada Declaration (COP 8) to effectively conserve at least 25% of its marine and terrestrial ecosystems by 2020.


To ensure that biodiversity (BD) and ecosystems functions within and around Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and Terrestrial Protected Areas (TPAs) in Grenada are better protected from threats through the adoption of an integrated “Ridge to Reef” approach that increases Protected Area (PA) management effectiveness and applies targeted sustainable land management practices.

USD $3,131,666

Grant amount

USD $15,726,822

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($3,131,666)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Grenada

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