Peatlands are in swamp areas, which are supposed to be wet. But for years, Indonesia’s use of peatlands involved significant conversion and degradation, including draining for palm oil plantations, forestry and agriculture. These activities dried the peatlands, allowing the high carbon contents to burn more easily under low moisture conditions.
Forest fires in 2015 destroyed more than 2.6 million hectares of forests and peatlands in Indonesia, including Gohong, Kalawa, Mentaren I, and Buntoi, which sit on the peatlands area of Central Kalimantan. Since then, substantial efforts have been made by the government and various organizations to prevent such fires to happen again. But there remains much more work to do.
Forest fires in 2015 destroyed more than 2.6 million hectares of forests and peatlands in Indonesia.
KpSHK, an organization that works for protection, conservation, and management of natural resources in Indonesia, is collaborating with Rimba Collective on the integrated management of peat forest ecosystems in the Kahayan Hilir Sub-District.
Four villages in Pulang Pisau Regency, Central Kalimantan, with a total area of 16,930 ha. Detailed location and total area based on the licenses given by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry are as follows:
The forest fire in 2015 destroyed the area covered by the project. One of the efforts aimed at protecting the peatlands is to encourage communities to grow paludiculture (plants native to peat swamps) crops. These crops have economic value, and Not only that, growing them means that people need to visit the peatlands often, which helps monitor the risk of future fires.
Government initiatives for these areas have opened doors to opportunities for improving people’s livelihoods, conservation, and forest restoration.
We are supporting the government's efforts and always aligning with the government's goals. With KpSHK, we are working with the four forest villages to protect and restore their natural forest and peatland areas, which will deliver strong Ecosystem Service Outcomes (ESO) for Rimba Collective partners. In turn, the partners support the financial platform by providing long-term funding.
A lot of villages in Pulang Pisau Regency, including the four forest villages under the Rimba Collective financial platform, have benefited from funding and training projects through CSR and other philanthropy programs. They have also benefited from government funding and support.
We focus on people’s livelihoods, as well as improving biodiversity, forest restoration and conservation over 25 years. This long-term approach creates meaningful change in the local communities.
There are five related target initiatives for this project:
There are four project activities designed to deliver against the target initiatives for this project: