Pacific R2R - Ridge to Reef

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 GEF Pacific National R2R STAR Project

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Project Overview

The Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) consists of 5 low - lying islands and 29 coral atolls, respectively 4 and 22 of which are inhabited. The total of 1,225 islands and 870 reef systems is scattered over 2.1 million sq km of the Central Pacific. Mean elevation is less than 2 meters and land area is small at 182 sq km. It has a vast maritime jurisdiction with more 6500 sq km of lagoon and more than 2 million sq km of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

RMI has some of the healthiest and robust coral reefs globally with high species diversity with more than 1,000 fishes, 360 corals, 2,500  invertebrates,  5  sea  turtles  and  27  marine  mammals.  On land in  4 atolls  are  home  to globally important nesting seabird populations. Most atolls are ominated by agroforest, beach forest and savanna.

In some of the uninhabited northern atolls can be found a rare natural semi - arid forest.  Approximately two - thirds of the population of 70,983 people reside in the main urban centres on the atolls of Majuro and Kwajalein (Ebeye) with nearby islands of Jaluit and Wotje described as peri-urban. As a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), RMI has a very strong dependence on natural resources and biodiversity – not only for food and income, but the  relationship  with  the  islands  forms  the  basis  of  its  culture  and  society  which  it  has developed in harmony over thousands of years. To sustain this nation - defining natural resource base, RMI adopted Reimaanlok the National Conservation Area Plan – in 2008. This project will support the implementation of this roadmap to contribute to the overarching goal of a sustainable and resilient nation.

This document is in support of the Micronesia Challenge goals of effective conservation of at least 30% of the nearshore marine resources and 20% of the terrestrial resources by 2020 across Micronesia that includes the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau.

 

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 GEF Pacific National R2R IW Project

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National activities in component one will include the locally appropriate design and management of on-site waste management systems developed through targeted scientific research into composting mechanisms, contaminant reductions and optimal operating conditions to enhance system efficacy. To support this the Laura Lens Learning Centre will be populated with effective and appropriate educational resources for public access and education. Operational partnerships with GEF Small Grants Programme, USAID and AusAID will be established to strengthen householder ability to implement domestic on-site waste management systems. Specific outcomes from national level activities from this component include:

National activities in component two will include operational programmes for data collection on ecosystem processes and coastal habitats to identify nutrient dynamics and threats from land-based contaminants to coastal waters, causal links to coastal ecosystem degradation and habitat status at 3 priority sites in the Laura area. Operational partnerships between RMIEPA and Dept. of Fisheries will be established to share and link data relating to fisheries use and coastal and groundwater water quality. To support this scientific investigation a repository for traditional knowledge on ecosystem processes, historical environmental trends, coastal habitats and fisheries will be established and housed online and at the Laura Learning Centre. National activities will also include targeted GIS on land use and coastal health featuring information on land and coastal sites of waste disposal, status and location of critical marine habitats and fisheries, water quality data and areas of public health concern. Specific outcomes from national level activities from this component include:

Component three will establish a roundtable of relevant agencies to gain consensus amongst relevant agencies and funding bodies (e.g Fisheries, Health, NGO’s) regarding pressing coastal issues, their impact on sustainable livelihoods and required management interventions at Laura, including benchmarking of current and planned projects and financing levels. National activities to connect aspects of land use and coastal health to livelihoods and public health, featuring information on connection to traditional lifestyles and NCD’s, will include data collection through sub-contract agreements with relevant agencies (e.g. Fisheries, Health). Additionally, innovative and locally appropriate educational, training and documentary materials about on-site waste management processes and associated environmental and public health issues, will be developed for public use and syndicated through school, library, CBO, public radio and online sources.

 

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RMI Results Framework

 

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