Katingan Mentaya Project

Katingan Mentaya

The Katingan Mentaya Project (KMP) is a tropical peatland forest protection and restoration project in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. 

The project demonstrates how large-scale conservation can be achieved and made sustainable with finance from the private sector via the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM)

The project was started to prevent the planned conversion of the forest area to industrial-scale acacia plantations. By establishing the conservation project, the KMP has prevented the release of greenhouse gas emissions that would have occurred had the project not intervened.

Alongside the goal of preventing deforestation caused GHG emissions, the project was founded on the related missions of safeguarding the forest’s biodiversity and improving the lives, well-being and economic opportunities of people living around the forest area.

The project is a triple gold rated forest carbon project, which means it has been third-party verified against the Verra Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standard.

All forests possess an important capacity for drawing carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and storing it in the growing vegetation and organic matter. The KMP has additional significance because it holds more than 90% of its carbon reserve underground, in its soil. 

The forest sits on top of a peat dome, a sponge-like area of saturated soil. Peat is created through the slow accumulation of leaves, dead trees, plants and other organic material, which can only partially decomposed thanks to the water it contains. The Katingan Mentaya peat dome has been formed over tens of thousands of years – in places it is as old as 26,000 years and can reach 13 meters in depth.

Peatland conditions are found across the globe, but they are particularly prevalent in Indonesia and are crucially important natural environments, not only given the volume of carbon they contain, but also due to the intricate life systems they support. 

Protecting the forest from conversion to industrial acacia plantations (See project additionality and baseline scenario for more details) has prevented the release of greenhouse gases (GHG) equivalent to almost half a gigaton of carbon dioxide over 60 years, making it the largest forest-based avoided emissions project in the world.

  • Climate


    Preventing carbon emissions by protecting carbon rich peatlands

  • Community


    Partnering with local communities for transformative change

  • Biodiversity


    Protecting species of high conservation value

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Project area and zone

The project area encompasses 149,800 ha of land, divided into two ecosystem restoration concession licenses (UNIT I on the east side and UNIT II on the west side). The wider project zone represents the extent of the area in which the project activities are implemented. It extends to the banks of the Mentaya River in the west and the Katingan River in the east, and encompasses bordering areas to the north and south of the project area, covering an area of 305,669 ha.

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Verra is a non-profit organization that operates standards in environmental and social markets, including the world’s leading carbon crediting program, the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Program and the Climate, Community, Biodiversity standard (CCB).


Project activities are assessed in contribution to the goals and targets of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, with the goal of making significant progress to support the national and regional UN SDG targets of Indonesia.

The project undergoes comprehensive review on an annual basis as part of its Verra Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB) verifications. It also collects regular data through its own internal staff reporting systems and through periodic reconfirmation of the Memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreements that are in place with each of the 35 villages within the project zone.

In 2022, the KMP supported and contributed to 17 of the UN SDGs, reaching 70 targets and 68 indicators.

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Our History


  • PT RMU second in National SDG Award
  • KMP undergoes 10 year baseline renewal


KMP is featured as a "lighthouse” project by the NCSA, shining a light on the potentials on investments in nature



  • KMP verified under VCS and CCB
  • Second concession licence for 49 497ha signed


  • PG becomes a partner of PT RMU
  • First concession licence for 108,225ha signed by MOF and PT RMU


PT RMU founded by Rezal and Dharsono


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