Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve

Preserving Indonesia's Tropical Peat Forest


Protecting the rich biodiversity and increasingly scarce wildlife habitat including the endangered Bornean orangutan

The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project 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 designated by the Provincial government to be converted into four palm oil estates. As a result of this important project, the burning, logging and draining of peatlands required to convert to palm oil plantations has been avoided and over 50 endangered species are now being protected.

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.

The primary project activity, establishing the Rimba Raya Reserve, achieves biodiversity goals, protects over 50 endangered species as well as supporting the livelihoods of 14 local forest communities.

Project Status:

VCS & CCB Registered




64,977 Hectares

Project Type:

REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) + CCB (Climate Community Biodiversity)

Estimated Annual Emissions Reductions

3,527,171 tonnes CO2

Crediting Period Term

1st, 01/07/2009 – 30/06/2039

Indigenous & Community Impact

Supporting 14 local forest communities & protecting endangered Orangutan

Climate Benefits and Community Impact

The primary project activity, establishing the Rimba Raya Reserve, achieves biodiversity goals, protects over 50 endangered species as well as supporting the livelihoods of 14 local forest communities.


Preventing the development of palm oil plantations that would have released of both above and belowground carbon deposits.


Replanting and enrichment of the forests with 70,000 seedlings planted.

Fire prevention and monitoring systems reducing  the risk of forest fires and biodiversity loss.


Protecting increasingly scarce forest habitat supporting orangutans (6 rehabilitated orangutans released back into the wild) and preventing the disapperance of over 50 endangered local species. 


The 14 local forest communities along the eastern edge of the reserve benefit from:

  • Clean water systems and fuel efficient stoves provided to the communities
  • Micro-credit: Micro finance programs supporting additional income generating opportunities such as chicken farming in Jahitan “Manuk Taheta” and in Baung “Indah Berseri.” 
  • Sustainable healthcare strategy and program delivering better health care to the project communities.


  • Cash crop agroforestry activities and agricultural/agroforestry training
  • Social empowerment and capacity building program with an emphasis on supporting communities, women and youth that includes the provision of education, training, employment within the project, creating new community centers.
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This project is verified by the Verified Carbon Standard and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard.

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The protection of this project helps participate in several of the United Nations Sustainability Goals

RRC employment, Water filtration systems; Solar Power & Solar Lanterns

Reading Glasses; Trainings; Scholarships; Community Centers & Village Libaries; Mangrove Reforestation & Peat Swamp Reforestation

Solar Power & Solar Lanterns.

Water filtration systems

104M tons of CO2 equivalent estimated total emission reduction

Community Centres and Village Libraries

Community Enterprise Funding Grants

RRC employment, Community Enterprise and Funding Grants

Mangrove Reforestation & Peat Swamp Reforestation Community Enterprise Funding Grants, Tree Nurseries

Orangutan Care Facility, Mangrove Reforestation & Peat Swamp Reforestation

Seruyan River clean up, Mangrove Reforestation

Learning Development Centres

Floating Clinic; Reading Glasses

Water filteration systems, Mangrove Reforestation & Peat swamp Reforestation

Training, Community Enterprise Funding Grants, Community Firefighting

School Curriculum, Climate Change/Sustainability

Establishment & Protection of the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve



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