The GEF Pacific Ridge to Reef (R2R) Programme was developed to guide the strategic investment of GEF grant and national funding in actions aimed at achieving the sustainable development of Pacific Small Island Developing States (Pacific SIDS) within a truly integrated environmental and natural resource management framework. Initiatives of the Programme aim to deliver tangible and quantifiable global environmental benefits by focusing on a more cross-cutting approach to water, land and coastal management that captures the complementarity among the GEF focal areas, which include:
Biodiversity Conservation; Land Degradation; Sustainable Forest Management, International Waters; and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation.
Human capacity development has been identified as being critical to the longer-term sustainable development of Pacific SIDS. The second component of this project will build on the success of the Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) training course in IWRM that ran from 2010-12 and targeted Project Managers and other stakeholders involved in the GEF Pacific IWRM Project. The training course, had an initial enrolment of 22, of which 18 students completed, resulted in a cadre of Pacific Islands-based water resource Managers with internationally recognised qualifications in IWRM. Several of the participants in this training course went on to complete Masters degrees.
The R2R Postgraduate Programme
In 2017, the Pacific Community (SPC) R2R programme partnered with James Cook University to deliver the Post Graduate Program in Ridge to Reef Sustainable Development. The R2R post graduate programme provides educational pathways from 2 years for the certificate to an additional year for the diploma.
Participating countries include: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia , Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshal Islands , Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Ridge to Reef (R2R) Sustainable Development Post Graduate Program
Enhancing integrated whole-of-system management capacity in Pacific Island Countries: underpinning effective action for sustainable biological, social and economic resilience