Updated: Feb 15
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The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve is located on the beautiful island of Borneo, Indonesia. While many people associate peatlands with colder climates in the northern hemisphere, this tropical island is home to one of the largest peatlands in the world. The project we support is helping to project over 90,000 hectares of tropical forest, which will help avoid 130 million tonnes of CO2e over the project's 30-year lifetime.
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The ultimate goal of this project is to preserve 91,215 hectares of tropical peat swamp forest. To date, it has already successfully reduced more than 15 million tonnes of CO2! Club Leaf is part of that journey, which means you are too.
Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve 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. In total, the area provides a habitat for over 300 species of birds, 122 species of mammals, and 180 different types of trees and plants. Fundings for the project help support everything from rehabilitation and environmental education programs to Orangutan Foundation International.
In addition to environmental protection, the project also focuses on improving the livelihoods of local communities. One of the project’s goals is to support local communities through education, health & capacity-building. The team at Rimba Raya has, for instance, established a Scholarship Fund that will pay for 3,750 community children to go to school and provide 75,000 writing books over the next 10 years. In addition, 1,900 clean water filtration systems have already been distributed to local communities, meaning that 100% of households within the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve now have access to clean water.
The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve demonstrates that it's possible to protect forests, preserve the species that live in them, and improve the livelihoods of local communities at the same time.
Learn more about Rimba Raya at: https://rimba-raya.com
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