The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project, an initiative by InfiniteEARTH, aims to reduce Indonesia’s emissions by preserving tropical peat swamp forest. This area, rich in biodiversity including the endangered Bornean orangutan, was slated by the Provincial government to be converted into four palm oil estates.he InfiniteEARTH vision is to develop a project that
harnesses the global carbon market in order to successfully compete with commercial agricultural interests in order to provide social and environmental benefits that would not otherwise be attainable. The objectives of the project are to:
- Increase Agricultural productivity and incomes of small scale food producers
- Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership
- Capacity building support to developing countries in water and sanitation related activities and programs
- Promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forest, halt deforestation, restore degraded forest and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally to decrease global GHG emissions
- Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity, and protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species
- Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.
- Increase substantially the share of renew able energy in the global energy mix
- Ensure sustainable food production systems
- Support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro, small and medium sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
- Ensure universal access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy services
- Ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development
- Ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve
literacy and numeracy
This project is undergoing validation and verification to the Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard. The following documents are undergoing public comment from 24 January to 23 February 2020:
1) SD VISta Project Description Draft
2) SD VISta Monitoring Report Draft
undergoing validation and verification
SD VISta Claims:
SDG Goal 1 & Target 8.5: Created 52 positions and hired local villagers.
SDG Goal 2: Implemented activities to improve the food security within villages in the project zone by providing trainings on the cultivation of crops to which villagers had limited access.
SDG Goal 3: Implemented activities to improve the health of the local communities by increasing awareness and access to a more varied diet and increasing access to health care services.
SDG Goal 4: Implemented activities to increase the access to education for children of the local communities.
SDG Target 4.3: Implemented activities to increase the access to technical/vocational education through on the job trainings through chicken farming, shrimp paste manufacturing and the farmer field school.
SDG Goal 5: Provided employment to 17 women.
SDG Target 6.1: Distributed 300 water filters to villages and installed 1 community-wide filtration system.
SDG Target 6.6: Implemented activities to protect and restore water related ecosystems by replanting/protecting the forest.
SDG Target 7.1 & 7b: Constructed a small-scale solar power plant.
SDG Targets 12.5 & 12.8: Community trash cleanups removed 5.7 tonnes of garbage from the area and promoted the use of recycled materials for handicraft trainings. Additionally, the project has taught communities and students about waste disposal and environmental/resource awareness.
SDG Goal 13: Reduced 7,722,728 tCO2e of emissions by continuing to protect 47,237 hectares of native ecosystem.
SDG Target 14.2: Planted over 18,000 mangrove seeds to provide fish habitat and resiliency to storm surges.
SDG Target 15.1 & 15.5: Protecting habitat for 65 Critically Endangered or Endangered species and 15,091 hectares of peat swamp from conversion to oil palm plantation.
SDG Target 16.10: Provided public access to information about the project design and results.