Pacific R2R - Ridge to Reef

Pacific R2R - Ridge to Reef

Connecting People with Ecosystems for enhanced resilience.


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GOAL: To maintain and enhance Pacific Island countries’ ecosystem goods and services (provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural) through integrated approaches to land, water, forest, biodiversity and coastal resource management that contribute to poverty reduction, sustainable livelihoods and climate resilience.”

The Pacific Ridge to Reef (R2R) is a Global Environment Facility (GEF) global test case and programmatic initiative involving multiple United Nations, Regional and National agencies, and Pacific Small Island Developing States (PacSIDS) to support and address national priorities and development needs while delivering global environmental benefits in line with GEF focal area strategies - Biodiversity, Land Degradation, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, International Waters and Sustainable Forest Management.


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Given the close inter-connections between land, water and coastal systems in PacSIDS, the planning and management of freshwater use, sanitation, wastewater treatment and pollution control, sustainable land use and forestry practices, balancing coastal livelihoods and biodiversity conservation, hazard risk reduction, and climate variability and change is best achieved through integrated and coordinated efforts.

Building on already effective cross-sectoral coordination and planning established through the GEF Pacific Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Project, the R2R Programme embraces the inter-connections between the natural and social systems in a whole of island approach from the ‘ridges’, through coastal watersheds and habitats, and across coastal lagoons to the fringing ‘reef’ environments.

Inherent in the approach is the need for the integration of stakeholders - including communities, and national governments within such a cross-sectoral planning framework which is described by PacSIDS as a ‘community to cabinet’ approach. This emphasizes effective engagement and participation of stakeholders in the planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of initiatives aimed at fostering integrated approaches to natural resource and environmental management in PacSIDS.




The GEF Pacific R2R programme was developed to provide an opportunity for PacSIDS to develop and implement integrated approaches for the sustainable development of island economies and communities. Partnerships are key to realizing benefits at the local, regional and global levels.



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