The Sumatra Merang Peatland Project will restore more than 22,922 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.

Measurable impacts

We track seven impact areas across all of our projects.

CLIMATE

2.6 million tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided.

ECOSYSTEMS

22,922 hectares of peatland forest protected and restored.

SPECIES

Restoring habitat for 35 threatened species such as the Sumatran tiger, rhinoceros hornbill and sun bear.

LIVELIHOODS

Development initiatives prepared alongside local communities, with 103 jobs created or supported in areas such as dam construction, forest patrols and more.

INCLUSIVITY

28% of jobs created or supported held by women.

SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISE

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

Sustainable Development Goals

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

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