Rimba Raya Orangutan Reserve


Rimba Raya Orangutan Reserve

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Carbon-rich lowland peat swamp forests in Borneo, Indonesia that are crucial habitat for critically endangered orangutans, clouded leopards, and the Asian sun bear

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Key facts

  • The largest privately funded orangutan reserve in the world, a critical patrolled buffer to Tanjung Puting National Park
  • Partnership for orangutan rescue and rehabilitation
  • Peatland swamp forest that holds 100 million tonnes of CO2

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Nestled in the southern coast of Borneo lies the Rimba Raya Orangutan Reserve. One of the most highly endangered ecosystems in the world, the High Conservation Value (HCV), lowland peat swamp forest is home to local communities and over 1,000 at-risk plant and animal species, including the Borneo orangutan, clouded leopard, and Asian sun bear. Everyday, paper and palm oil interests put Indonesian forests in jeopardy. If these forests are cut down, we run the risk of emitting one of the largest concentrations of natural carbon in the world.

Purchasing Stand For Trees Certificates helps protect these forests and all those who depend on them including local communities and local wildlife — keeping carbon stored in their trees and out of our atmosphere. In addition, your purchase helps improve access to clean water, efficient cook stoves, and health care for all those who live in the project area.

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Project Impacts

Community Development

Rimba Raya’s community development programs are designed to meet all eight of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, which focus on the rights and welfare of women and children as the primary vehicle for the eradication of chronic poverty.

The Rimba Raya Orangutan Reserve allows for community-centered economic growth alongside environmental sustainability. Rimba Raya provides alternative income streams through capacity building, investments in micro-finance and programs that provide basic necessities. The project is improving environmental quality and creating diversified income opportunities through the planting of native cash crop species such as natural latex, natural chewing gum and essential oils on previously degraded land.

With help from supporters like you, the project has funded a community-based program to plant 250,000 trees in 2014, and helps to bring clean water to every family within the Reserve. By supporting widespread distribution of enhanced water filters, the Rimba Raya project is eliminating a chronic health issue in the communities and is further reducing the pressures on the reserve’s forests from the daily collection of fuel wood used for boiling water.

The project also piloted the distribution of fuel-efficient, smokeless cookstoves to 100 households in the Reserve. These cookstoves reduce the need for fuel wood harvesting by over 50%, and dramatically reduce indoor pollution, a major source of health problems, particularly amongst women and children. Buying a Stand For Trees Certificate from this project will help provide these cookstoves to the entire population — over 2,500 households

Emissions Reductions & Certifications

The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project is the largest-ever REDD+ project to its emission reductions validated and verified to the Verified Carbon Standard, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an average of four million tonnes per year (having already verified over 11 million tonnes to date). Rimba Raya is the first REDD project to meet the CCB Standards Second Edition with all three Gold Levels in: Climate, Community and Biodiversity.

Endangered Species

Rimba Raya is home to over 300 species of birds, 122 species of mammals, and 180 species of trees. Forming a critical buffer zone to Tanjung Puting National Park in the Seruyan River watershed, Rimba Raya is rich in biodiversity including flagship species like the endangered Bornean orangutan, clouded leopard, gibbon, proboscis monkey and Asian sun bear. The project works in close partnership with Orangutan Foundation International to develop and administer programs committed to the long-term protection of the vanishing Orangutan — one of only three remaining species of great apes, threatened by the rapid deforestation of Borneo and Sumatra.