In Indonesia, on the island of Borneo, there is a biodiversity reserve called Rimba Raya Reserve. The Project is the largest REDD certified project in the world, meaning they are verified to offer carbon credits for those who are emitting carbon dioxide waste into the atmosphere. These carbon credits are a profit for the project, and are able to support the other endeavors they are taking on in the name of conservation and community support. This area of the world is one of the richest in biodiversity, and with the influx of need for rubber, it is also one of the most heavily deforested and changed landscapes on the planet. The biodiversity reserve has been successful there because there is a major problem that had to be addressed and fixed, and there were people and animals depending on the support and help. This alone set them up for success. They have been able to bring in income from the carbon credits, and used that income for several measures to increase the living situations of all involved. The funds have gone to cover the restoration of the natural orangutan population and habitat, and have also gone to help increase job opportunities and income streams for the local population. This income has helped to naturally and successful plan income crops that the local communities are able to support and harvest, creating a steady income stream. The reserve also used some of their carbon credit income to work toward meeting the millennium development goals for this community.
Successfully helping a local community out of dire poverty while also increasing the numbers of the diminishing population of orangutans is the way to successful run and manage a biodiversity reserve. The income streams were used to provide clean and efficient cook stoves to the local communities, which increased their health and their ability to protect their lungs while cooking. They were also no longer required to cut down the local trees for their fuel to cook over a wood burning fire. Instead, they now have efficient and simple cook stoves that are clean burning. They also now have access to safe, clean drinking water that is helping to keep them free from sickness and disease. There are high numbers of working days lost to sickness spread through dirty water, and the clean water has given the local community the ability to work on the cash crops and no longer lose days to sickness and disease. That economic development is helping them all work together for the emissions reduction and the continuing of the goal of the reserve to help preserve the planet and the climate. This has enabled the reserve to become certified in VCS and CCBA, which opens the door to more grant funding and also helps to secure the place of the reserve in the local government and economy. InfiniteEARTH has been long dedicated to preserving the planet, and with their Rimba Raya reserve, they are better able to meet that goal and help the area rebound from previous deforestation and devastation.