pulau borneo


  • Project type: Protection of the rainforest
  • Location: Indonesia
  • Coordinates: 0.7893°S, 113.9213°E
  • Overview: 65,000 hectares of critical biodiversity habitat protected from conversion to palm oil

summary of the project.

Since 1973, over 400,000 hectares of rainforest have been lost on the island of Borneo in Indonesia. Almost half of the forest loss on Borneo since 2000 has been to make way for oil palm plantations, which have devastated rainforests across all of Indonesia. Prior to the project, the entire area faced imminent deforestation. In addition, communities living around the area were illegally logging the area and practicing unsustainable forms of fishing and other activities.

The Pulau Borneo REDD+ project has protected 65,000 hectares of biodiversity-rich forest from conversion to oil palm plantations, protecting over 120 threatened and endangered species in the project area. The project supports more than 10,000 forest-dependent community members living along the boundaries of the project, who have traditionally held no tenure and who have used the forest in an unsustainable way.

Key impacts for local communities

  • The project avoided more than 130 million t CO2 emission;

  • 73 people were employed directly by the project with an average salary 300% higher than the national poverty line;

  • 2,173 households across 9 villages in the project zone have improved access to clean water due to the project's provision of free water filtration systems;

  • 201 women received access to medical services;

  • 12 women own and operate chicken farms and shrimp paste businesses through financial and technical support from the Community Enterprise Grants;

  • 20,000 mangrove seeds planted;

  • 504 hectares of peat swamp have been replanted since 2013;

  • 65,000 hectares of critical biodiversity habitat protected from conversion to palm oil;

  • 246,245 seedlings grown in nurseries for reforestation programms.