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UNDP signs MOU on Fiji Ridge to Reef Project

October 17, 2018 1:05 am

The United Nations Development Programme today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with an academic institution and stakeholders as partners for delivery of the Fiji Ridge to Reef Project.

UNDP Head of Pacific Regional Policy and Programme Bakhodir Burkhanov says through this partnership, they will work towards sustaining the ecosystem.

He says the Fiji Ridge-to-Reef project was developed with the intention to maintain and enhance Fiji’s ecosystem’s goods and services through integrated approaches.

He says this approach will help conserve water, land, forest, biodiversity and coastal resource management.

“The Fiji R2R project is part of a growing network of integrated ridge-to-reef initiatives in the Pacific at country and regional level. On a regional scale, the project is aligned to the goal of the Pacific Islands Multi Focal Area R2R Programme, which aims to address national priorities of the Pacific Island Countries while delivering global environmental benefits.”

The MOU was signed in Suva between Fiji Locally Managed Marine Areas (FLMMA) Network, World Wide Fund for Nature Pacific, the Pacific Islands Rainforest Foundation and USP’s Institute of Applied Sciences.