The Rimba Raya Project

The Rimba Raya Reserve is located in Borneo’s southeast stretching almost 100 kilometers from North to South along the borders of Tanjung Puting National Park. The reserve covers around 64,000 hectares and is dedicated to the protection and preservation of many endangered species, most notably, the endangered Bornean Orangutan whose population has declined over 95% in the last century. To protect areas of the forest, land use rights must be attained for the land bordering the protected areas. So far, the project financing supports 13 community based initiatives ranging from water filtration to supporting a shrimp aquaculture co-operative.

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Key Facts

Borneo, Indonesia
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Project start date:
November 2008


Total emission reductions:
3,500,000 t CO2 p.a.

Sustainable Development – The Sustainable Development Goals

While focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, all our projects also generate multiple co-benefits. These are supportive of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

By supporting this project you’ll contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

No poverty: The Rimba Raya project involves the local communities, creating income sources which involve sustainable management of forest resources. The project supports many initiatives such as the development of community chicken egg farms, a recycle bank and a tree plantation.

Good health and well-being: Project revenues support local medical infrastructure, including a vaccination program and a mobile clinic for people in very remote locations. This is important as rural access to healthcare is limited.

Gender equality: The Rimba Raya project sponsors initiatives, in which women make up at least 75% of the co-operative membership. This allows women to gain significance outside of the household and help with jobs. Whilst only small-scale this can spark improvements to general attitudes towards women.

Reduced inequalities: The project supports rural communities in sourcing their own income. This creates jobs and sets up a base for small businesses and industries to develop. Furthermore, it makes rural areas less reliant on illegal activities such as poaching or logging.

Sustainable cities and communities: As part of the initiative, recycling projects have been developed. This not only helps to reduce waste, it also encourages future innovation of further recycling methods with other materials. This improves the attitude among communities towards their own environment.

Climate action: The reductions from preventing deforestation are impressive, saving a colossal 3,530,000t CO2 p.a. Consequently, habitats are protected and destructed areas are given the chance to recover and re-grow. Furthermore, by keeping trees alive, it allows more CO2 to be absorbed creating a further reduction in the country’s emissions.

Life on land: This forest conservation project protects habitats for many animal and plant species, many of which are threatened by extinction. The project increases regional awareness of the forest destruction and project revenues support science institutions, including the world-famous Orangutan Foundation International.