In the jungles of Indonesia, there is a forest on the island of Borneo that is slowly being saved. The organization Rimba Raya has been working to ensure the protection and longevity of the reserve, and they are also working to ensure that the local people have job opportunities, and the local orangutan are protected and able to thrive and rebuild their numbers. The bioreserve is one of the worlds largest REDD+ certified reserves, which means that they are successful in their work to reduced emissions from avoided deforestation and degradation. This is an incredibly noble and necessary pursuit at this point in our history, as the planet has started to lose millions of acres of life giving rainforest and other types of forests. These are the areas that help to hold in all the carbon emissions, and without them the planet is beginning to warm, among other problems. But the Rimba Raya reserve is working hard to counteract that warming and that deforestation, which is also claiming the lives of the Borneo orangutan as well as the livelihoods of the local communities. Their mission is the help the local people to have positive income streams as well as long term employment opportunities that are not about deforestation or killing the local wildlife. They help to provide clean water and other basic necessities in the communities that surround the reserve, just as they work to help ensure the protection of the wildlife that have taken up sanctuary inside the reserve.
Another major accomplishment of the Rimba Raya reserve is their protection of the peat swamp forest. This is one of the most important and diverse ecosystems in the world today, and it is also the most endangered. It alone gives life to over one thousand plant and animal species that all must be protected if they are to continue living on. In a part of the world where deforestation has become the norm and usually the only way to live, having a reserve like this able to exist, expand, and succeed is a testament to what can be accomplished if we all work together for preservation of the planet. The reserve is having a great and positive effect on the climate, by helping to house all those carbon gas emissions and helping to keep the air, water, and soil clean and free from the contaminants that come with the deforestation that is so rampant around the world. Because of the REDD+ certification, the reserve is able to continue operating under their vast resources and grant funding. As they are able to be more successful, they will also be able to attract more funding and help to ensure the long life of their reserve. It will continue to be a place that people can visit and learn from, and also a place that helps to support and increase the communities of animals and other species that life inside of the reserve and also the communities of people who are living around it and learning from the sustainable methods used there.