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Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve (REDD+)

Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve (REDD+)

Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve (REDD+) | Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve (REDD+) | Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve (REDD+) | Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve (REDD+) | Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve (REDD+) | Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve (REDD+) | Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

type of project

28,996,823

KG of CO2 mitigation

9,451

Number of contributions

17

Number of Goals this project addresses

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Price per kg of CO₂ mitigation

This project protects 65,000 hectares of peat swamp, home to one of the last remaining wild populations of orangutan on earth.

Project highlights

  • The project was the first ever validated REDD+ project, the first ever REDD+ forest-carbon project in the world to receive triple-gold CCB validation and the first REDD+ project to meet the SD VIsta standard.
  • Rimba Raya provides a buffer zone between the palm oil industry and the Tanjung Puting National Park, home to one of the last remaining wild populations of orangutans on earth.
  • The Rimba Raya area is home to over 600 species of flora and fauna and 100 local animal species currently listed on the IUCN Red List.
  • A portion of the revenue from the sale of carbon credits goes directly to support local community development. The quality of life of the local population has been enhanced through programs such as distribution of solar lanterns and water filters, training, scholarships and financing of micro enterprises for women.

About

The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project, an initiative by InfiniteEARTH, aims to reduce Indonesia’s emissions by preserving some 64,000 hectares of tropical peat swamp forest. This area, rich in biodiversity including the endangered Bornean orangutan, was slated by the Provincial government to be converted into four palm oil estates.

Located on the southern coast of Borneo in the province of Central Kalimantan, the project is also designed to protect the integrity of the adjacent world-renowned Tanjung Puting National Park, by creating a physical buffer zone on the full extent of the ~90km eastern border of the park.

Arguably the most famous project REDD+ project in the world, the Rimba Raya project was the first ever validated REDD+ project, the first ever REDD+ forest-carbon project in the world to receive triple-gold CCB validation and the first REDD+ project to meet the SD VIsta standard. Rimba Raya, nearly the size of Singapore, protects one of the most highly endangered ecosystems in the world and partners with local communities to develop solutions which provide sustainable growth of the economy while protecting and preserving limited and vulnerable natural resources.

In the absence of the Rimba Raya Project, the project area would be converted to palm oil plantations by logging, burning to clear unused felled trees and remaining forest, and systematic draining of the peatland area. This would result in the release of both above and belowground carbon deposits. As a result, millions of tons of GHG emissions would be released into the atmosphere over the lifetime of the plantations.

Increasingly scarce forest habitat supporting orangutans and more than 50 other endangered species would disappear completely. The 14 local forest communities along the eastern edge of the reserve would also face the threat of their land being appropriated by palm oil companies.

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