Ridge to Reef - Cook Islands

Conserving Biodiversity and enhancing ecosystem functions through a "Ridge to Reef" approach in the Cook Islands


In August 2012, the Cook Islands Marine Park (CIMP) was formerly announced by the Honorable Prime Minister Henry Puna, at the 43rd Pacific Islands Forum.  The CIMP encompasses approximately 1.1 million square kilometres of the country's souther Exclusive Economic Zone (or more than 50% of the country's EEZ).

By creating the CIMP, the Government signalled its commitment to sustainable development and its intention to balance economic growth interests such as tourism, fishing and agriculture with biodiversity conservation objectives.

The proposed Ridge to Reef project will enhance the Cook Islands' capacities to effectively manage its protected area estate and sustainably manage its productive landscapes at local scales while taking into account food security and livelihoods, including operationalization of the CIMP, and the establishment and strengthening of various forms of protected and locally managed areas within the CIMP, including Protected Natural Areas, Community Conservation AReas and Ra'ui Sites.

UNDAF Outcome(s)

UNDAF for the Pacific Sub-Region 2013-2017 - Outcome Area 1: Environmental management, climate change and disaster risk management.

Expected SRPD Output(s)

  1. Capacities of local government departments are strengtened for effective, participatory environmental governance.
  2. Demonstration projects on natural resources management and biodiversity at the community level that can be scaled up are implemented, and the formulation of evidence-based policies is supported.

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