Peatland is a valuable carbon sink with stocks which globally stores 20 times more carbon than that stored in both trees and vegetation.
Indonesian Borneo, known as Kalimantan, has 5.7 million hectares of peatland and it is rapidly being lost to the expansion of industrial plantations. The clearing, draining and burning of peatland is estimated to contribute 18-20% of Indonesian’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
This project works to protect 149,800 hectares of peatland and provide a more sustainable source of income to local communities.
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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were established by United Nations as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity. There are 17 goals in total and this project is aligned to the following SDG goals:
SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
One of the main objectives of the project is to provide economic opportunities to local people. The community- based business development program directly contributes to community benefits by increasing livelihood options and local incomes, and improving land use practices.
SDG 13: Take urgent action on climate change
Given the huge amounts of CO2 stored in our global peatland, this project is protecting a vital carbon sink and in so doing, helping to limit climate change.
SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems
This project protects a vital ecosystem which supports traditional livelihoods such as fishing, provides clean water and is home to many species, including some of the world’s most endangered, such as the Bornean Orangutan and the Proboscis Monkey.
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