Ridge to Reefs (RTR) was formed to protect and restore ecosystems and achieve tangible outcomes working together with local communities.
Our focus is on the science and application of restoration and protection measures in coral reef and coastal areas and in creating long-term resilient communities and ecosystems.
- Manage pollution through local direct interventions (on-site restoration practices) and through green infrastructure ecosystem restoration practices including restoring historic wetlands, mangroves and creating new treatment wetlands and biofilters to treat specific pollution sources.
- Recognize and work to support local sustainable businesses as protection of natural resources goes hand-in-hand with a sustainable local economy.
- Integrate renewable energy sources as part of a watershed implementation approach as many of the sources of pollution in runoff are derived from fossil fuels and create global problems including ocean acidification, climate change and the contamination of stormwater runoff. These issues affect coral reefs, the economic and ecological resilience of communities and the underpinnings of our ecological system in which we are dependent.
- Improve local policy and help create mechanisms for maintenance and long-term sustainability.
- Establish partnerships between local governments, agencies, educational institutions, and local stakeholders to engage them in restoration and protection activities.