The Katingan REDD+ Project protects and restores 149,800 hectares of peatland ecosystems, to offer local communities sustainable sources of income, and to tackle global climate change.
Tropical peatlands support fundamental ecological functions and store massive amounts of carbon, with stocks below the ground making up up to 20 times the amount stored in trees and vegetation.
When cleared, drained and burned to make way for plantations and other developments, this carbon is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide (CO2) along with other greenhouse gases (GHG).
Indonesia encompasses approximately 5.7 million hectares of peatland. By 2020, the expansion of industrial plantations on peatlands in Kalimantan alone is estimated to contribute to 18–22% of Indonesia’s total GHG emissions
The Katingan project covers one of the largest remaining intact peat swamp forests in Indonesia. The area stores vast amounts of CO2 ,and plays a vital role in stabilizing water flows, preventing devastating peat fires, enriching soil nutrient sand providing clean water. It is rich in biodiversity, being home to large populations of many high conservation value species, including some of the world’s most endangered; such as the Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus). It is surrounded by villages for which it supports traditional livelihoods including farming, fishing, and non-timber forest products harvesting.
The Katingan REDD+ Project is CCB verified
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