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Protecting 65,000 hectares of tropical peat swamp from palm oil conversion by engaging local communities through education and agroforestry training. The first project to have been validated as contributing to all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals by the SDVISta programme.
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 65,000 hectares of forest which was originally slated for conversion to palm oil plantations. The project focuses on both community development – encompassing 2,500 households living within the project area – and biodiversity conservation, particularly the protection of the 105,000 endangered Borneo Orangutans. 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.
In addition to delivering emissions reductions to help take urgent action to combat climate change (SDG 13), the project delivers a number of other sustainable development benefits. It has been verified by the SDVISta standard (which is run by Verra) to contribute to all 17 SDGs, these include:
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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."
Firnandez Ngariswara, Member of the Rimba Raya Project Team