Wetland conservation in Borneo, Indonesia
By purchasing verified offsets in this restoration and conservation project, you will be supporting the protection of one of the largest remaining areas of intact peat swamp forest in South East Asia. Indonesia has 22.5 million hectares of peatland, which represents approximately 12 % of the country’s land mass. In Indonesia peatland fires occur frequently during the dry season. Such fires are particularly problematic because of their slow burning nature and the huge amount of CO2 they release.
The Katingan conservation area was saved from becoming an acacia plantation. Today the project provides jobs to 400 residents from 34 local villages. Many of the project employees work as fire firefighters and forest rangers.
Every year tens of thousands of new saplings are grown in on-site nurseries and regular maintenance is conducted to control fire risk and improve the rate of tree survival. The project area is also home to a microfinance institution and several community enterprises focused on agroforestry, ecotourism and aquaculture.
Fun fact: Katingan is a key biodiversity area due to its globally significant populations of Bornean orangutan, Southern Bornean gibbon and long-nosed monkeys.