Biodiversity and Wetland Restoration

Preserving Indonesia's Tropical Peat Forest


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

The biodiversity and wetlands 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.

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 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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Eric currently works as an independent consultant at the intersection of nature and climate, focused on catalysing market and non-market solutions to drive the just transition.

He previously was Head of Product at Earthshot Labs, supporting nature conservation and restoration projects across the global south secure project finance. Prior to Earthshot Labs, Eric led nature-based carbon project development for Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique and founded the Carbon Cooperative, a global alliance of leading nature conservation and restoration practitioners exploring carbon finance. After serving in the Peace Corps in Mozambique out of university, he spent much of his 20s working in community-based conservation and ecosystem restoration efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa interspersed with two startup ventures as co-founder and CEO of a mental health tech startup and COO of a sustainable coffee company. Eric has a dual Masters in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Policy from Stanford University where he was a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and a BS in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University.

Alan is a risk management thought-leader, superconnector, and FinTech pioneer. His mission is to enable an Earth Positive economy which includes nature in global accounting systems.

Alan is Founder of Generation Blue, a venture studio dedicated to planetary game changers powered by exponential technologies. Previously, Alan established Natural Capital Markets at Lykke AG, pioneering blockchain based forestry and carbon backed tokens. Alan has over two decades of risk management experience advising global financial institutions, and was a founding member of the RiskMetrics Group, a JPMorgan spin-off. Alan is an investor and advisor to regenerative impact ventures, including TreeBuddy.Earth, Regenativ, and Vlinder Climate.

Lori Whitecalf made history when she became the first woman to be elected Chief of Sweetgrass First Nation in 2011. She served three terms of office from 2011-2017.  

Lori took a two-year hiatus from leadership to expand the family ranch and serve as the FSIN Senior Industry Liaison. She was re-elected on November 29. 2019 and again on November 30, 2021, as Chief of Sweetgrass. Chief Whitecalf practises a traditional lifestyle of hunting, fishing and gathering. She currently sits on the following boards: Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology, FSIN Lands and Resource Commission, Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre and Battleford Agency Tribal Chiefs Executive Council, FSIN Women’s Commission.

Tina is the Chief Business Officer for MLTC Industrial Investments, the Economic Development arm of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council. She has a diverse background of experience. Having spent 15 years as a municipal Chief Operating Officer, 20 years involved in Saskatchewan’s Health Authority Board Keewatin Yatthe and 9 years with Northern Lights Board of Education. 


She continues as a Board Member with Beaver River Community Futures supporting small business development in her home region. Tina brings a wealth of experience in a variety of fields and many connections to the Indigenous communities of Northern Saskatchewan. In addition Tina holds a BA Advanced from the U of S, a Certificate in Local Government Authority from the U of R and is certified as a Professional Economic Developer for Saskatchewan and a certified Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer (TAED).

Tootoosis’ career spans 40+ years in HRM, political leadership, and Indigenous economic development, as a dedicated bridge builder and advocate for Indigenous causes.
As a key member of the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) team since 2021, he develops strategies for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report and Call to Action #92.

He is a graduate of the First Nations University of Canada and a certified Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer. Spearheading various community initiatives while serving as a Chair of the SIEDN while directing ILDII and WIBF. Founder of MGT Consulting Tootoosis is based in Saskatoon, Treaty Six Territory.

Cy Standing (Wakanya Najin in Dakota) has a long and distinguished career including serving overseas as an Electronics Technician in the Royal Canadian Air Force, former Chief of Wahpeton Dakota Nation, former Vice Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indigenous Nations (FSIN), past Executive Director of Community Development Branch of the Department of Northern Saskatchewan as well as an Order in Council appointment to the Federal Parole Board.  

Mr. Standing has served as a Director on many Profit and Non-Profit Corporate Boards, including serving as a Director for Affinity Credit Union with assets of over six billion dollars as well as IMI Brokerage and Wanuskewin and is currently a member of the One Tribe Indigenous Carbon Board.