Indonesia loses 2.5 million hectares of rainforest annually, an area roughly the size of Belgium. Rapid deforestation for palm oil cultivation and agriculture has, according to the World Resources Institute, resulted in Indonesia becoming the fifth largest emitter of green-house-gas emissions globally. As well as contributing to climate change, deforestation is depleting much needed ecosystem services and threatening Indonesia’s unique biodiversity.

The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve protects the forest by helping local people to improve their livelihoods without destroying the forest. It has obtained tenure rights for 30 years, and protects nearly 160,000 acres of peat swamp forest, home to over 600 wildlife species, including endangered species such as Bornean orangutans. The project supports employment, health and education initiatives, with people benefitting from jobs in sustainable farming and handcrafts, as well as access to solar lanterns, efficient cookstoves and safe water. It is set to reduce 130m tonnes of CO2 over 30 years.

Delivering towards the Global Goals

Good health and well-being

The project has funded the distribution of fuel-efficient, smokeless cookstoves, which help to reduce indoor pollution and prevent respiratory diseases.

Quality education

The project provides laptops to children, as well as training for local people in project management and environmental conservation.

Gender equality

Community development programmes focus on alleviating poverty by promoting the rights and welfare of women and children.

Clean water and sanitation

Distributing safe water filters to local communities is helping to tackle harmful waterborne diseases.

Decent work and economic growth

Local people benefit from employment opportunities and micro-finance programmes that incentivise them to protect, rather than destroy, the forest. The project has created numerous jobs.

Climate action

The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve has won CCB Triple Gold status in the Community, Climate and Biodiversity categories. The project is scheduled to reduce over 130m tonnes of CO2 over 30 years.

Life on land

Protects tropical forests from conversion to palm oil plantations. The Reserve is a haven for more than 350 species of birds and 120 mammals, including the endangered Bornean orangutan.