This project covers an area of approximately 150,000 hectares of peat swamp and lies east of the Sebangu National Park in the Katingan and Kotawaringin Timur districts of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. The area is home to the critically endangered Sunda Pangolin and White-Shouldered Ibis as well as many other endangered species including up to 10% of the world’s Bornean Orangutan population.
Protecting this area of forest is critical to avoiding the release of the largest forest-based store of carbon in the world into the atmosphere.
The Katingan Project is the world’s largest emission reduction forest project, preventing the release of 7.5 million tonnes of CO2 on average annually - the equivalent of removing 2 million cars off the road each year!
Prior to this project being developed, the peat soils within the project area were under threat of conversion to a commercial Acacia plantation which would have led to the clearing, draining and burning of the land. This would have released the carbon stored deep underground (up to 13 metres) in the peat soils, which has built up over 26,000 years!
The project provides a commercially viable alternative to the clearing of the land through carbon financing (i.e. the sale of verified carbon credits), whilst protecting this precious ecosystem.
This project has positive impacts on the climate, local community and biodiversity of the protected area. Its many benefits include:
We’ve partnered with Cool Effect to bring you this amazing project. The team at Cool Effect is made up of carbon financing experts, advisors and activists all working to reduce carbon emissions.
This project is verified by Verra VCS - an external audit body that certifies climate projects at scale. Verra develops and manages standards that are globally applicable and advance action across a wide range of sectors and activities.