Tuvalu Ridge to Reef Project

The objective of the project is to preserve ecosystem services, sustain livelihoods and improve resilience in Tuvalu using a ‘ridge-to-reef’ approach. To achieve this the project focuses on:

  1. enhancing and strengthening conservation and protected areas (Component 1);
  2. rehabilitating degraded coastal and inland forests and landscapes and supporting the delivery of integrated water resource management (IWRM) and integrated coastal management (ICM) at a national scale whilst piloting hands-on approaches at the island scale (on three selected pilot islands) (Component 2); 
  3. enhancing governance and institutional capacities at the national, island, and community levels for enhanced inland and coastal natural resource management (Component 3); 
  4. and improving data and information systems that would enable improve evidence- based planning, decision-making, and management of natural resources in Tuvalu (Component 4).

The project is part of the Pacific R2R programme on “Pacific Islands Ridge-to-Reef National Priorities - Integrated Water, Land, Forest and Coastal Management to Preserve Ecosystem Services, Store Carbon, Improve Climate Resilience and Sustain Livelihoods”. The project will work across the 9 islands of Tuvalu on assessing natural resources status (baseline analysis and data collection), rehabilitating damaged island and coastal ecosystems including forests, and improving or developing Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs), including Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) governed by the 8 Kaupules and Falekaupules (Island Councils).

These activities assist in the recovery of degraded corals and breeding of fish populations. By the end of the five year implementation, the project aims to: increase and enhance Tuvalu’s LMMAs, including MPAs, by 15% with 9 formalized community management systems of marine conservation areas across 9 islands equipped with functional management plans; enhance and/or develop a centralized GIS database system on biodiversity, natural resources, and governance systems; implement sustainable land management interventions and agroforestry interventions; carry out remedial measures for algal bloom in Funafuti Lagoon; mainstream Ridge to Reef into national policies and Kaupule budgets; develop and implement national standard operational procedure on knowledge management; and enhance awareness and build capacities on Ridge to Reef.

Status:

Ongoing

Project start date:

June 2015

Estimated end date:

December 2020

Focus area:

  • eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Tuvalu

    Implementing partner:

    Tuvalu Min. of Foreign Affairs

    Full project information  

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Global Environment Fund Truste
  • Amount contributed

    $3,908,345

    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2020 $111,074

    2019 $701,741

    2018 $1,069,662

    2017 $857,881

    2016 $342,815

    2015 $47,188

    UNDP Around the world

    You are at UNDP Pacific Office 
    Go to UNDP Global