The Sumatra Merang Peatland Project will restore more than 21,778 hectares of peatland rainforest in the Merang biodiversity zone in Indonesia, one of the largest and deepest peat swamp areas in South Sumatra and an area more than 3.5 times the size of Manhattan.
Climate finance will be used to rehabilitate and protect this critical ecosystem, preventing the release of significant volumes of emissions, in addition to creating a conservation area for hundreds of unique and endangered species such as the Sumatran Tiger. This project focuses on working with surrounding villages through a community development fund, which supports community-selected projects in addition to new livelihood opportunities that help reduce the drivers of deforestation and wildlife poaching.
This project is part of the Althelia Climate Fund and implemented in partnership with PT GAL and Forest Carbon.
This project is the newest addition to our portfolio, in January 2018. The Sumatra Merang Peatland Project is currently undergoing verification by both the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB). You will be able to support this critical landscape in early 2019.
We track seven impact areas across all of our projects, and each project also produces sustainable commodities. As the newest project in our portfolio, we are still developing measureable key performance indicators for the project. Here are the focus areas and themes for the project in line with our seven impact areas.
Sustainable Development Goals
The Sumatra Merang Peatland Project, Indonesia helps to achieve a number of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: