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Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve

Protecting 47,000 hectares of forest by engaging local communities through education and agroforestry training

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Project overview

  • Region: Asia

  • 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.

Sustainable Impacts
  • Biodiversity protection
  • Climate adaptation
  • Education and skills
  • Financial security
  • Food security
  • Health and well-being
  • Infrastructure development
  • Job creation
  • Water stewardship
  • Biodiversity protection: Indonesia has the largest number of threatened mammal species in the world and the fourth largest total across flora and fauna species types. Adjacent to Tanjung Putting National Park, Rimba Raya provides an important natural buffer which strengthens the management capacity of the park. With the latest GPS technology, mobile phones are used to collect data during field surveys for biodiversity monitoring.
  • Water stewardship: By minimising land use change, the project is helping to prevent downstream flooding. Through local partnerships it is also training communities to manufacture and sell inexpensive water filtration devices, to provide clean drinking water.
  • Financial security: Training on the growth of cash crops such as fruit trees offers communities an alternative source of income. Improved fishing technologies and agricultural training also helps improve food security.
  • Infrastructure development: The project is building community centres offering facilities for park and project staff as well as for community organisations. They will supply news and radio communication facilities, libraries, and social and agricultural training programmes.
  • Climate adaptation: Protection of the forest and training for sustainable livelihoods helps mitigate the likely climate impacts on biodiversity, food security and financial security.

It is estimated that over 85% of the country's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions derive from deforestation and peat fires. In addition to the released carbon emissions, palm oil conversion causes a host of other, often irreversible, ecological problems.

Planned project activities for 2016 include: installation of household solar energy systems, construction of a floating medical clinic and 2 community fish farms.

Nisa Jalil’s Story

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.”

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