Programme aimed at improving lives of Pacific people

Update: 3:20PM REGIONAL science experts have endorsed new scientific methodologies in support of the Pacific Ridge to Reef (Pacific R2R) programme.

The
regional science and technical committee convened on Monday in Suva to endorse
two scientific methods known as the Rapid Coastal Assessment (RapCA) and the
Island Diagnostic Analysis (IDA). 

The Pacific
R2R programme is aimed at improving the livelihoods of Pacific people through
local actions to conserve and rehabilitate island environments.

The program
has 14 member countries which include Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of
Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Marshall Islands, Samoa,
Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Pacific R2R
Project Implementation Adviser Dr Milika Sobey said the RapCA method will get a
snapshot of the status of demonstration site in each of the 14 countries by
using 22 different indicators.

“These
indicators cover the current state of governance, socio-economic and
environmental conditions in the project site and one other site deemed a
priority site for ridge to reef interventions by the country,” Dr Sobey said.

The IDA
will combine desk top reviews and stake holder meetings in each member country
which would lead to the identification of priority sites.

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