JAKARTA (Yosefardi) – Indonesia’s Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve, the world´s largest REDD+ forest preservation project, in terms of total verified emissions to date, has retained the coveted Triple Gold ranking under the global Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) standards.

Rimba Raya is one of only four projects globally to be verified to meet the CCB’s Triple Gold level. The ranking means Rimba Raya meets exceptional targets in providing benefits for adapting to climate change, significant benefits for supporting communities around the project and protecting and nurturing the project’s rich and endangered plant and animal species, including Orangutans.

For investors and the Indonesian government and local government, this reassures them that the project meets and exceeds the highest standards available. Retaining Triple Gold is important for Indonesia’s efforts to protect forests as part of its long-term commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ahead of the UN climate talks at the end of the year in Paris.

Rimba Raya covers nearly 65,000 hectares of peat swamp forest in Seruyan district in Central Kalimantan province on Borneo Island.

PT Rimba Raya Conservation is Indonesian-owned and co-manages the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve with its developer, InfiniteEARTH. It received its ecosystem restoration license from the government of Indonesia in 2013 and has rapidly built up an expert program team on the ground and in Jakarta.

The project aims to reduce Indonesia’s greenhouse gas emissions, assist local communities and protect the endangered Borneo Orangutan by preserving 64,977 hectares of tropical peat swamp forest.

The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve is the largest-ever REDD+ project to have its emission vetted and confirmed under the Verified Carbon Standard, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an average of four million tons per year.