Working together: Project Partner Portfolio

The Lestari Capital Project Portfolio

Delivering landscape conservation at scale.

The community of conservation and restoration initiatives that directly combat the negative effects of deforestation, fires and other environmental degradation is growing around the world. These projects are run by local communities, conservation non-profits and environmental services companies, and through the SCCM are now linked to long-term finance.

Our project selection team is currently performing due diligence on an initial pipeline of projects, ranging from Indonesian Borneo to South Sumatra. Once approved by the appropriate 3rd parties, (such as the RSPO) each project will be featured here. You can learn more about the types of projects in our development pipeline through our PDF overview.

Nanga Lauk Community Forest

Conserving standing forest and protecting orangutan habitat in the Heart of Borneo.

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Location: Heart of Borneo (Central Kalimantan)
Project Size: 1,600 ha
License Type: Community Forest (hutan desa)
Key Activities: Forest Patrols, Community Livelihoods, Endangered flora and fauna protection
Project Proponent: People Resources and Conservation Foundation (PRCF)
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The Nanga Lauk Village Forest project, known as Rimbak Pakai Pengidup or Forest for Life, supports a diverse range of plant and animal species, many of which are threatened with extinction. The project is located on the Indonesian side of the island of Borneo, which boasts a stunning 6% of all global biodiversity. The majority of this 6% however is found in the thick forests and peatswamps in the center of the island, known as the Heart of Borneo region, one of the largest transboundary rainforests remaining in the world.

These ancestral community forest assets are protected by local community members with support from NGO partners that have worked with Dayak tribes and civil society members to develop the community mechanisms required for verification under the Plan Vivo standard for community forests. Plan Vivo provides a measurable framework to finance conservation results and community development outcomes to ensure more sustainable management of these important rainforest zones.

New finance delivered through Lestari Capital’s conservation finance vehicle – the Sustainable Commodities Conservation Mechanism (SCCM)  is supporting  more effective forest management, through forest patrols and biodiversity protection efforts. New support from Cargill will also help project proponents expand the protected area beyond its initial 1,500 hectares to include additional standing forest that would otherwise be destroyed or degraded. The community’s efforts have already prevented the loss or degradation of 100s of hectares of valuable forest habitat each year, which supports the conservation of critically endangered species and secures old-growth rainforest that has long been a traditional tribal asset.

The majority of households in the Nanga Lauk village rely on forest and water areas for their livelihoods, and as source of food, fuel, building materials and traditional medicine. Sustainable forest management enables better management of these resources while also introducing new livelihood opportunities including the sale of honey and rattan and bamboo products, and ecotourism.

Identified as a priority for biodiversity conservation because of the exceptional diversity of species it supports, and the high levels of threat they face from deforestation and forest degradation. The project is part of the Embaloh peat swamp and peatland landscape complex around Danau Sentarum National Park. It consists of a mixture of peat swamp forest, riparian forest, swamp vegetation and open water.

Effective management of forest in Nanga Lauk will prevent the loss or degradation of up to 60 hectares of valuable forest habitat each year, supporting the conservation of the critically endangered mammals – Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus), Bornean Banded Langur (Presbytis chrysomelas), and Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica); birds – Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil), and Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmaeus); and reptiles – False Gharrial (Tomistoma schlegelii) and the thousands of other species that make use of the forest.

Project Selection Criteria

Lestari Capital targets High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) landscapes with a forward-looking payment for services model.

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Our portfolio of certified projects is thoroughly vetted to ensure verified outcomes. Each deliver a range of ecosystem services outcomes, including biodiversity protection, peatland restoration, tropical forest conservation and community-led forestry.

Each project type requires investment in local communities, to deliver a “triple bottom line” for the environment, communities and biodiversity. We rely on project licenses from the Indonesian government to ensure legality, protect land tenure and ensure concession areas are secured for periods of 25 years or longer.

Lestari Capital is open to any type of project with the potential to deliver meaningful conservation impact. We strive to form a collaborative relationship to help projects launch, scale and obtain relevant certification and thus we will ultimately consider any project type at any stage of development. At our proof of concept stage, the SCCM project portfolio requires one of the following three license types:

  • 1. Ecosystem Restoration Concessions
  • 2. REDD+ Project Concessions
  • 3. Community Forest Initiatives

Ecosystem Services Standards

Our technical team selects projects that are certified under internationally recognized standards, placing them on the forefront of tropical conservation, ecosystem restoration and community forestry.

Although a critical component to our market platform, we also understand that the certification process can be a burden for projects, and thus we work closely with partners to provide links to technical assistance and donor finance for initiatives that are not yet certified.

Standardized project certifications provide quality assurance and streamline monitoring and evaluation systems across a diverse project portfolio. Best practices as laid out in the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards (CCBS) are followed for all projects, except for community forests. For community forest projects, the SCCM relies on the Plan Vivo standard, which is specifically tailored to community-led initiatives. Although the SCCM does not transact carbon units, for projects that have an added co-benefit of Verified Emissions Reductions, the SCCM requires certification under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

These standards help ensure that each project is developed according to best practices, is independently audited and is endorsed by relevant local communities and government agencies. These certifications help standardize our process for monitoring and evaluation, while empowering communities with tools they need to continue the progress made by conservation and restoration teams.

 

Project Standards

The worldʼs leading voluntary carbon offset certification program
The worldʼs leading voluntary carbon offset certification program
The leading certification for community forest initiatives.
The leading certification for community forest initiatives.
Assuring multiple benefits for people and environment
Assuring multiple benefits for people and environment