The Sumatra Merang Peatland Project will restore more than 22,934 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 has recently undergone verification by both the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB). You can now support this critical landscape as of December 2019.

Measurable impacts

We track seven impact areas across all of our projects, and each project also produces sustainable commodities.


7.8 million tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided.


22,934 hectares of peatland forest protected and restored.


Restoring habitat for unique and endangered species such as the Sumatran Tiger, Asian Tapir and Sun Bear.


Development initiatives prepared alongside local communities.
145 jobs created or supported in areas such as dam construction, forest patrols and more.


25% of jobs created will be held by women.


Support for local enterprises in villages near to the project such as developing sustainable fishing production.


Financial value contributed to local economy of €376,000.00.



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Sustainable Development Goals

The Sumatra Merang Peatland Project, Indonesia helps to achieve a number of the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

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