GEF Pacific R2R Project

Building Capacity for Sustainable Human and Animal Waste Management in Muri

 GEF Pacific R2R Project

Ridge to Reef: Testing the Integration of Water, Land, Forest and Coastal Management to Preserve Ecosystem Services, Store Carbon, Improve Climate Resilience and Sustain Livelihoods in Pacific Islands Countries Project (referred to hereafter as GEF Pacific R2R Project).

The operation of the R2R programme is supported in areas of science-based planning, human capital development, policy and strategic planning, results-based management, and knowledge sharing through this regional GEF Pacific R2R Project (the project) which is executed regionally by the Pacific Community (SPC).  R2R pilot projects to be implemented through the project are designed to strengthen R2R integration by establishing synergies among the work of the various sector agencies and the GEF STAR projects, between government and communities, and civil society and the public sector.

The ICI R2R Project aims to build on the good work done under the Waste and Sanitation Improvement Programme which upgraded onsite wastewater treatment systems in Muri from 2012 to 2014 and support the Mei Te Vai, Ki Te Vai Project to reduce the effects of landbased activity on the marine environment and create cooperation for the protection of the environment of the Muri (Ngatangiia) lagoon through:  

1. Building local capacity for waste management implementation and environmental protection to enable best practice in coastal waters, land and public health protection

2. Establish public-private partnerships for tourism sector investment in integrated coastal management (ICM) in Muri

3. Increasing knowledge-base and capacity for effective environmental stress reduction measures and integrated catchment management in Muri

The project started off on a different course but ICI wanted to align the project with what ICI does, that is, public infrastructure and development.  A pressing issue that has arisen is increased rainfall intensity and the resulting flooding that started occuring regularly from April 2018.  So, with that, the project was changed to focus on stormwater and sedimentation - to better manage land use and run off from the land into the lagoons.  This also compliments the work being done by Mei Te Vai Ki Te Vai in which the in depth environmental investigation identified land runoff as the second highest contaminator to the lagoon. The large pieces of work being undertaken are:

1. A feasibility study on managing stormwater in the project area - Avana to Muri.  From this, developed designs will be produced to be implemented in infrastructure works.  Download the feasibility study to the right of your screen.

2. Sediment and Erosion Control guidelines.  Muddy run off from construction sites is a very real problem for the marine habitat.  Better controls are required even for single home builds.  Download the draft guidelines to the right of your screen.

3. A land development guideline.  In an effort to ensure the development process is clear and that best practices are communicated, a simple booklet is being produced that will detail the process to developing your piece of land, from the survey step to the permitting process, to connection to utilities and a special section on tips that help the environment.  The booklet will be available online and in print at regulatory organisations involved in the permitting process.

4. Piggery Waste Management Policy.  As with sediment laden run off from the land, run off from animal waste has been identified as a problem.  In light of human waste being managed under the Mei Te Vai, Ki Te Vai project, the IW R2R project is developing a policy to better control effluent coming from piggeries.

5. A GeoMap.  There has been much data and GIS data and maps however, there is little use and access of this data to both regulators and community members.  Under the IW R2R project, we are working towards amalgamating all the data into one platform and making it available freely to everyone online.  This will provide information on landforms, rivers, lowland areas and the like that will give good information for planning, research and development of the land.

The project finishes at the end of June 2020.