The Pacific Ridge to Reef programme is a GEF multi-focal area programme guiding coordinated investment of GEF grant funding across its focal areas of biodiversity conservation, land degradation, climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainable land management, sustainable forest management, and international waters in PacSIDS.

It is a multi-agency initiative involving the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as GEF implementing agencies.

Executed regionally by the Pacific Community through the GEF Pacific Ridge to Reef International Waters project (GEF Pacific R2R IW), the operations of the R2R programme is supported in areas of science-based planning, human capital development, policy and strategic planning, results-based management, and knowledge sharing.

Implemented through the GEF Pacific R2R IW project the R2R IW national pilot projects are designed to strengthen R2R integration by establishing synergies between sector agencies and the GEF National R2R STAR Projects*, governments and communities, civil society and the private sector.

The Programme Coordinating Unit (PCU), hosted by the Pacific Community’s Geoscience Division based in Fiji, is tasked with the provision of technical, operational, reporting and monitoring support as requested by the participating PacSIDS.

To achieve this, the PCU will:

  • Organize and facilitate a programme of periodic planning and coordination workshops for national R2R project team;
  • Act as secretariat to the Regional Steering Committee and the Regional Scientific and Technical Committee;
  • Lead regional scientific and technical activities; 
  • Facilitate the consolidation and sharing of sectoral knowledge and expertise by ensuring that scientific and technical aspects of the programme meet international standards;
  • Lead the development of regionally appropriate knowledge tools to support evidence-based coastal and marine spatial planning in PacSIDs;
  • Strengthen communications between the PCU and its stakeholders for improved decision making.

To support the outreach and uptake of regionally accumulated scientific knowledge in policy making and planning, the programme will facilitate exchanges between:

  • Government and the scientific community through meetings of the Regional Steering Committees and national Inter-Ministerial Committees;
  • Community leaders and local government through round-table meetings. To improve the relevance of ICM investment from ‘Community to Cabinet’, the programme will harness the support of traditional community leadership and existing governance structures.