Ridge to Reef – Testing the Integration of Water, Land, Forest & Coastal Management to Preserve Ecosystem Services, Store Carbon, Improve Climate Resilience and Sustain Livelihoods in Pacific Island Countries

Lead country


Participating countries

Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu

Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From September 1, 2015 to September 1, 2021

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.2 Promote sustainable forest management, restoration, afforestation
  2. 14.2 Sustainably manage, protect, restore marine, coastal ecosystems
  3. 14.7 Increase economic benefits of marine resources to SIDS

Project ID: 5221

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Technical team

  • Oceans and Water Programme

Technical area(s)



  • Forests
  • Marine


  • General
  • Coasts

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry and other land use

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Support functions
  • Innovative approaches


  • Management operation
  • Governance
  • Capacity building


  • Ecosystem-based management
  • Sustainable land management
  • Integrated water resource management
  • Participatory governance models
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Community capacity building
  • Traditional knowledge application

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Women

Gender equality

  • Awareness raising (on gender)
  • Women decision making

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Systems pathway
  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 15.2 Promote sustainable forest management, restoration, afforestation
  • 14.2 Sustainably manage, protect, restore marine, coastal ecosystems
  • 14.7 Increase economic benefits of marine resources to SIDS

Conventions and protocols

  • National Action Plan

Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Nature-based solution

Project description

The purpose of the project is to test the mainstreaming of ‘ridge-to-reef' (R2R), climate resilient approaches to integrated land, water, forest and coastal management in the PICs through strategic planning, capacity building and piloted local actions to sustain livelihoods and preserve ecosystem services. This regional project provides the primary coordination vehicle for the national R2R STAR Projects that are part of the Pacific R2R Program, by building on nascent national processes from the previous GEF IWRM project to foster sustainability and resilience for each island through: reforms in policy, institutions, and coordination; building capacity of local institutions to integrate land, water and coastal management through on-site demonstrations; establishing evidence-based approaches to ICM planning; improved consolidation of results monitoring and information and data required to inform cross-sector R2R planning approaches. This project will also focus attention on harnessing support of traditional community leadership and governance structures to improve the relevance of investment in ICM, including MPAs, from ‘community to cabinet'.

USD $10,617,454

Grant amount

USD $87,708,160

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($10,617,454)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Fiji

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