The Rimba Raya REDD+ Project is located in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia near the Tanjung Puting National Park.
This project works to conserve the environment, promote education and quality health in the region and to bring economic development to the affected area. It protects the integrity of the park's conservation area, covering 90 km of nature reserve. The region is home to more than a thousand catalogued animal species and 94 in danger of extinction.
Besides the preservation of native species, the project helps conserve areas that would be decimated by the extraction of palm oil.
25 Critically Endangered plants Within Rimba Raya.
55 Threatened Mammal Species Within Rimba Raya
80 Threatened or Near-Threatened Bird Species Within (And Above) Rimba Raya
Over 10,000 people being impacted positively
14 villages involved
8 different tribes Community Farms
Partnering with World Education (WE)
Covers and fulfilling all 17 UN SDGs
Rimba Raya protects one of the most highly endangered ecosystems in the world.
The project wants to provide balance for the life of the species in danger, providing the tools to preserve the natural habitat of these creatures.
It also fights against the devastation caused by palm oil exploitation that has massively destroyed the natural habitat.
The protection of these species is done through the protection of wetlands areas, the forests, reducing hunting , maintaning high quality of the water in rivers and wetland and by reducing threat from forest fires.
Flora & Fauna
300 species of birds
122 species of mammals
180 species of trees and plants
400 species of reptiles and amphibians
are ALL being protected thanks to the project
Rimba Raya provides education, employment and viable alternative land-uses for non-renewable resources. The project promotes initiatives for the community that have incredible positive impact proving that it is possible to protect nature, their indigenous wildlife and at the same time improving the lives of local communities.
Initiatives within the Community
The education & literacy program enhances the lives of current and future generations, improving as well the skills of Farmer groups in cultivation and agriculture.
Clean water for everyone by protecting the community from lethal waterborne disease.
Creating a Floating clinic giving the necessary health services to those who have limited access.
Providing solar powered lamps, giving access to clean and renewable light sources.
Rimba Raya supports alternative income streams thanks to capacity building, investments in micro-finance, programs that give basic necessities and free access to a conservation model that does not leave the developing world’s need for economic growth in conflict with our collective desire to protect a fragile ecosystem.
The project is also cooperating with World Education to create alternative economic activities for villagers.
Sustainable Development Goals
During January 2020 after a strict audit process Verra announced the project of Rimba Raya to be the first REDD+ project worldwide to be verified under the Verra SD standard contributing to all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). An incredible accomplishment that has been years in the making.
Carbon Stored yearly
Million Tonnes CO2e