With the Project:
the Katingan Mentaya Project
The Katingan Mentaya Project is based on a solid business model aimed to protect and restore about 157,875 hectares of peatland ecosystems to offer local people sustainable sources of income and to tackle global climate change. The project is currently the biggest Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) approved REDD+ project in the world and is home to some of the world's most endangered species such as the Bornean Orangutan and Proboscis Monkey.
The land went through a rapid transition from an intact forest to commercial logging in the early 70s to the early 2000s. During that period, a number of companies were granted licenses by the government to log the interior forests. As the commercial exploitation continued, the legal land designations evolved. It left behind a degraded forest along rivers which led to the designation of forest estate land for commercial conversion to non-tree crops and many other issues associated with deforestation.
The vegetation in the heavily degraded ecosystem types is actively being restored, covering approximately 9,299 hectares. Local plant species are brought back by applying Ecosystem Restoration Silviculture techniques, with the aim to benefit local wildlife as well as provide economic benefits to surrounding communities.
The project is designed to lift people out of poverty by engaging them in community-based business development such as micro-finance, women's empowerment, sustainable agro-forestry and renewable energy development. All community programs are designed and implemented through community participation, transparent decision-making processes based on mutual trust and proper management of project activities.
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