Central Kalimantan is a biodiversity hotspot and home to vast areas of forests and peatlands. In 1996, the Indonesian government’s “Mega Rice Project” converted more than one million hectares of the region’s peat swamp forest into rice paddies in an effort to alleviate a growing food shortage, dramatically driving up emissions from forest conversion, forest fires and peat decomposition. For this reason, Central Kalimantan was selected to be Indonesia’s pilot REDD+ province in 2011 under a bilateral agreement with Norway that focused on initiatives to promote regional low-emissions development.
Earth Innovation Institute has been working with the provincial and district governments of Central Kalimantan, as well as private sector and civil society organizations to promote low-emission rural development in the province. We promote a sustainable approach to zero-deforestation palm oil production aiming to increase productivity without the need to clear forests while improving the welfare of smallholders and local communities, and acknowledging the rights of local and indigenous communities.
We work to improve land governance that reduces emissions from forest and peat fires. And we strive to promote the delivery of financial benefits and other incentives from sustainably produced commodity production and the reduction of emissions to sustainable producers across the entire jurisdiction.