The Katingan Peatland Forest Restoration and Conservation Project

The Katingan Peatland Forest Restoration and Conservation Project

The Katingam Mentaya Project in Indonesia covers 150,000 hectares of peat swamp. Each year, the amount of CO₂ offset through this project is the equivalent of taking 2 million cars off the road!

  • The project conserves peatland forest covering 150,000 hectares in Central Kalimantan Indonesia
  • The amount of CO2 saved each year is the equivalent of taking 2 million cars off the road
  • The project employs over 500 individuals, with over 80% of its employees native to the surrounding area
  • The project provides habitat for 67 mammals; 167 birds; 49 reptiles; and 111 species of fish, including many endangered and critically endangered species

The technical bit

Permian Global’s Katingan Mentaya Project, which has been developed in partnership with the Indonesian firm PT Rimba Makmur Utama, is a tropical peatland restoration and conservation (PRC) initiative, covering over 150,000 hectares of critical peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The ground below the forest which this project works to protect and restore is 13 meters of peat which has formed over the last 26,000 years and stores approximately half a gigaton of CO₂. Protecting this area of forest from being turned into a plantation is critical to avoiding the releasing the largest forest-based store of carbon in the world into the atmosphere.

Wider impact

The Katingan Mentaya Project works closely with 34 surrounding villages employing over 500 Indonesian people, with over 80% of the staff coming from the local region. Since the project was established, 984 microfinance loans have been allocated along with vocational training to local entrepreneurs to sustainable businesses in livestock management, agroforestry, fisheries, aquaculture, non-timber forest projects and ecotourism.

Conserving this area of peat forest land is vital for protecting the critically endangered Sunda Pangolin and White-shouldered Ibis, and many other endangered species including up to 10% of the world Bornean Orangutan population.

Where is your money going?

  • The protection and replenishment of a threatened tropical rainforest which is home to a richly diverse variety of plant and animal life.
  • Providing education, sustainable employment opportunities, health care and gender equality support to the surrounding communities.