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Project type: Forestry and landscapes
Standards: CCB, VCS
Based on the island of Borneo in Indonesia, this REDD+ project preserves carbon-dense tropical peat swamp by helping to halt deforestation of roughly 47,000 hectares of forest which were originally slated for conversion to palm oil plantations. The project focuses on both community development - encompassing 2,000 households living within the project area - and biodiversity conservation, particularly the protection of the endangered Borneo Orangutan. In order to deliver on its goals, the project actively engages local communities to improve food security, income opportunities, health care, and education – all with the support of carbon finance.
The Rimba Raya project is supplying village students with mobile phones, and uses Microsoft tablets to raise environmental awareness. Nisa, an employee of the Rimba Raya project, explains the importance of enabling access to technology.
“This is Ridho from Sungai Perlu Village, Seruyan District. Like all seven year olds he have a wonderful grasp of technology and a great interest in photography - it was a pleasure to teach him how to take photos with the Microsoft Lumia Phone. Ridho was proud to announce that he would be taking many pictures of his beautiful village. It is important to teach kids who are quite isolated from the world about what is happening around them and about the amazing world of technology. The kids, in turn, teach each other their new found skills and in this way, manage to keep up with those who have greater exposure.”