Rimba Raya is the largest REDD+ project in the world, in terms of avoided emissions delivered to date, protecting nearly 65,000 hectares of peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo and avoiding more than 130 million tonnes of carbon emissions.
Rimba Raya was the first validated REDD+ project ever under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). It has also received triple-gold validation under the Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance Standard (CCB). It has been validated by SD Vista Standard — achieving the highest possible rating of contributing to all 17 UN SDGs.
What is Blue Carbon?
Blue carbon is the carbon stored in coastal and marine ecosystems. The Blue Carbon Initiative currently focuses on carbon in coastal ecosystems - mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses. Learn more
What is area?
Area indicates the geographic size of the forest being restored or protected. One sport field is about a hectare in size.
Verified Carbon Standard
EMISSION AVOIDANCE CAPACITY
To compare, this is equivalent of taking 6261 cars off the road.
*May vary depending on the actual verified biomass growth
Rimba Raya developes livelihood programmes in surrounding villages (addressing all 17 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals) to provide education, employment and hope for the future.
In 2007, the project area was under imminent threat of planned deforestation; the area was gazetted by the provincial governmental to be converted into four palm oil estates.
Rimba Raya aims to show the world that it is possible to protect the planet and its climate, while simultaneously providing economic and social upward-mobility to local communities.
The project forms a vital patrolled buffer zone between the ever-encroaching bulldozers of the palm oil industry and the Tanjung Puting National Park, home to one of the last remaining wild populations of orangutans on earth. Rimba Raya's very existence provides a means to preserve the natural habitat of these creatures, allowing them to survive and thrive unmolested. Management of these species focuses on protecting wetland areas and undisturbed forests, reducing hunting, mitigating threats from forest fires and maintaining water quality in rivers and wetlands.
species of mammals
Over 20,000 mangrove trees have been planted.
Provides a home to 300 species of birds
Protects and preserves 64,500 hectares of the forest.
species of trees and plants
species of reptiles
2500 households are provided with clean water.
Child nutritional programs and health services are introduced to 10 villages bordering the region.
6457 children in 35 schools are supported.
Established sustainable community gardens that provide additional income
The Bornean Orangutan, the Proboscis Monkey, the Bornean Agile Gibbon, the Asian Sun Bear, the Sunda Pangolin and the Clouded Leopard are the flagship species from the IUCN Red List that are found in Rimba Raya.
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Risks disclosure: Robust legal frameworks and safeguarding measures have been put in place both by Worldview International Foundation and Vlinder to minimise the risks. The detailed risk assessment has been carried out and approved by Verra. Vlinder risk matrix is available upon request.
Sovereign: land tenure uncertainty, corruption, change of power. Social: local community unrest, military conflict. Natural: predation by crabs, pests and extreme weather events. Financial: carbon price fluctuation. Technological: risks associated with blockchain uptake.