Rimba Raya Reserve in Indonesia

Standard: VCS      Technology: REDD      Location: Indonesia

Tropical forests in Indonesia’s Central Kalimantan province had been destined for conversion to palm oil plantations. 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 against the Global Goals

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.