Restorasi Ekosistem Riau (RER) is a collaborative project that brings together groups from both private and public sectors to restore and conserve ecologically important peat forest areas on Indonesia’s Kampar Peninsula.
Established in 2013 by APRIL Group and located on the Sumatra’s eastern coastline, RER comprises 150,693 hectares of forest situated in two areas. 130,095 hectares are located at the heart of a 344,573 hectare forest block on the Kampar Peninsula, while Another 20,599 hectares are located on the nearby Padang Island. The restoration area at Kampar Peninsula is twice the size of Singapore.
RER began with the protection and restoration of 20,000 hectares of peat forest on the Kampar Peninsula. At the COP 21 in Paris in December 2015, APRIL announced the program’s expansion to 150,000 hectares and dedicated US$100 million to support and secure its long-term conservation and restoration over 10 years.
Today, the RER landscape is made up of five concessions operating under 60-year ecosystem restoration licences granted by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry. The five concessions are: