CAUSEWAY BAY, Hong Kong, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Indonesia's Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve has successfully completed its test pilot project to provide access to clean water to the surrounding communities.
According to responses from all 100-test households, the pilot program was a resounding success and is now planned to rollout to the entire population, over 2,500 households, by end of March 2014.
Across the world, the death rate of waterborne diseases from poor sanitation claims the lives of over 1.5 million people a year. Over 2.5 billion people live without basic sanitation and nearly half of them are children.
This much-needed program was launched within months of winning the battle against the billion-dollar palm oil industry and completing the final project verification. The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Foundation is committed to the funding to provide a low maintenance, ceramic water filters to each and every household in the project area. These filters are coated with colloidal silver, which kills 99.98% of pathogens from unsanitary water.
By supporting wide spread distribution of colloidal silver enhanced ceramic filters, we are helping the people of Rimba Raya's communities live healthier, happier and longer lives.
"This initiative proves that the carbon markets can deliver social and environment benefits that have substantial impact on local communities," said Todd Lemons, CEO of InfiniteEARTH, the project developer.
About Rimba Raya
The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project is the world's largest initiative to protect and preserve lowland peat swap forests – one of the most highly endangered ecosystems in the world and is the largest-ever REDD project to see its emission reductions verified under the Verified Carbon Standard by proving that it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than four million tons in one year – and may reduce nearly 120 million over the 30 project life.
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