Our carbon-rich forests has been eaten away by deforestation across the globe at a very alarming rate of one acre per minute. Destruction of forests in Indonesia with the interests of producing paper, pulp and palm oil caused the land mass to appear bald in the aerial view. If this deforestation continues on 10 years from now, there will be no more trees to cut because there aren’t trees to cut anymore.
On the southern coast of Borneo which is in the province of Central Kalimantan in Indonesia, lies there a hope for the people: Rimba Raya – a massive ancient forest that stand defiant all these years. Rimba Raya is now dedicated to protect and preserve the hundreds of endangered species that are at risk of being extinct which includes the endangered Bornean Orangutan whose numbers greatly declined over 95% in the last 100 years.
The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve has become a biodiversity reserve and preservation for hundreds or endangered species. Rimba Raya is the world’s largest project by InfiniteEARTH that protects and preserve lowland peat swamp forest which is one of the most highly endangered ecosystems in the world. The project aims to reduce Indonesia’s greenhouse gas emissions and protects the at-risk species of Borneo Orangutan.
The revenues of the project have been able to fund environmental education programs, fund rehabilitation programs and the Orangutan Foundation International. The project is designed based upon the work of World Education to have a better access to clean and drinkable water, efficient cooking stoves and proper health care have been a priority in thd first stage of the Rimba Raya project.
The Rimba Raya project by InfiniteEARTH has development programs that are designed to meet 8 of the United Nation’s Millenium Development Goals. This focuses on the welfare and rights of women and children as the fundamental vehicle in eradicating chronic poverty.
Rimba Raya works closely with the Orangutan Foundation International that develop and administer programs committed to the long-term protection of Indonesia’s diminishing Orangutan.
Rimba Raya develops alternative income streams by way of investing in micro finance, capacity building and programs that gives basic necessities. This program allows for community-focused economic growth which is side by side the global responsibility for environmental sustainability. The program is developed to improve the quality of the environment and create various income opportunities thorough the planting of native cash crop like rubber tree and natural latex.
The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project is the largest REDD Project to check its emission reductions verified under the Verified Carbon Standard. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions with an average rate of 4 million tonnes per annum. The project is scheduled to reduce as nearly as 120 million over the 30 project life.
Rimba raya is the largest project in the world in terms of net emissions avoidance that was delivered. They expected to avoid over 120 million tonnes of emissions over the life of the project.
Certification from CCBA
Rimba Raya is the first project to earn the Triple Gold Validation under CCB Standard in recognizing the project’s exceptional demonstration in the areas of Climate, Community and Biodiversity.