Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve
The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve is one of the world’s largest initiatives to protect and restore tropical lowland peat swamp forests. One of the most highly endangered and important ecosystems in the world, the reserve is more than 64,000 hectares, which makes it nearly as large as Singapore!
Rimba Raya is extraordinarily rich in biodiversity, and is home to several keystone species such as the endangered Bornean Orangutan, Clouded Leopard, Bornean Gibbon, and Asian Sun Bear. Project revenues have helped to fund everything from rehabilitation and environmental education programs, to Orangutan Foundation International. In addition, the project builds on the work of World Education by helping to improve access to clean water, provide efficient cook stoves, and improve local healthcare facilities.
The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project is the largest-ever REDD project to see its emission reductions verified under the Verified Carbon Standard. To date, it has already successfully reduced more than 15 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, and it’s estimated that it will avoid more than 130 million tonnes of emissions over the 30 year lifetime of the project.
Rimba Raya’s community development programs address all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
"Preserve 91,215 hectares of tropical peat swamp forest"
UN Sustainability Goals
Protect, restore and promote life on land
Action to combat climate change
Clean water and sanitation for all