The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve is a forest on the southern coast of Borneo and has become a preservation and biodiversity reserve for hundreds of at risk species. Rimba Raya is the world’s largest initiative to protect and preserve High Conservation Value (HCV), lowland peat swamp forests – one of the most highly endangered ecosystems in the world. The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve aims to reduce Indonesia’s greenhouse gas emissions and protect the endangered Borneo orangutan.
Forming a critical buffer zone to Tanjung Puting National Park in the Seruyan River watershed, Rimba Raya is rich in biodiversity including several flagship species such as the endangered Bornean orangutan, Clouded Leopard, Gibbon, Proboscis Monkey and Asian Sun Bear. Project revenues have been able to fund rehabilitation programs, environmental education programs, as well as the Orangutan Foundation International. In addition, the project builds upon the work of World Education to improve access to clean water, efficient cook stoves and health care – all of which have been a priority in the first stage of the project.
In 2007, the Project Area was under imminent threat of planned deforestation; the area was gazetted by the provincial government to be converted into four palm oil estates. This area has now officially been re-designated as a Conservation Forest resulting from InfiniteEARTH’s successful bid to win the approval of Indonesia’s first “Ecosystem Conservation & Restoration” concession license. You can support this project directly through the Stand for Trees site.
The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve is home to over 300 species of birds, 122 species of mammals, 180 species of trees and plants and is the largest privately funded orangutan reserve in the world. One of only three remaining species of great apes, these docile, rare and marvel¬ously expressive creatures once inhabited the tropical forests throughout southeast Asia. Today, they are found only in a few isolated and fragmented forests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra – two areas that have experienced the highest deforestation rates in the world during the past 20 years. Rimba Raya works in close partnership with the Orangutan Foundation International to develop and administer programs committed to the long-term protection of Borneo’s vanishing Orangutan.
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.
Rimba Raya provides alternative income streams through capacity building, investments in micro-finance and programs that provide basic necessities. The REDD+ conservation model allows for community-centered economic growth along side our global responsibility for environmental sustainability. With funds from REDD+ credit revenues, InfiniteEARTH has funded a community-based program to plant 250,000 trees in 2014. The program is designed to improve environmental quality and create 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 within the Reserve.
With funds from REDD+ credit revenues, InfiniteEARTH has funded the distribution of “appropriate rural technology” (ART) low maintenance, ceramic water filters to each and every household in the project area. These filters are coated with colloidal silver, which kills 99.98% of pathogens from unsanitary water. 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.
InfiniteEARTH piloted the distribution of fuel efficient, smokeless cookstoves to 100 households in the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve. These cookstoves reduce the need for fuel wood harvesting by over 50%, and dramatically reduce indoor air pollution, a major source of health problems, particularly amongst women and children. The project plans to provide these cookstoves to the entire population, encompassing over 2,500 households.
Rimba Raya is currently the largest REDD+ project in the world, in terms of net emissions avoidance delivered. The project has produced in excess of 11M tonnes verified to date, with an expected 120M+ tonnes of emissions avoided over the life of the project.
The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project is the largest-ever REDD+ project to see have its emission reductions validated and verified under to the Verified Carbon Standard, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an average of four million tonnes per year – and having already verified over 11 million tonnes to date. The project is scheduled to reduce nearly 120 million over the 30 project life.
About the Project Developer
InfiniteEARTH is dedicated to Sustainability Solutions that go Beyond Carbon Neutral & Sustainable. We are committed to the development of economically viable solutions to climate change and environmental degradation by addressing the underlying drivers of deforestation - poverty. To that end, Infinite-Earth projects focus on the preservation of Endangered Species Habitat, High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) Forests and the protection of National Parks through the creation of social and physical buffer zones. Additionally, our projects are designed to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals by funding sustainable development in rural communities through capacity building and technology transfer of low impact technologies such as solar, fuel-efficient cook stoves, aquaponics, agro-forestry ("jungle crop” model) and social benefits programs such as health care and early childhood education materials.