In the framework of the Krombacher climate protection project, the WWF implemented a large peat restoration activity to improve the water balance of a peat swamp forest in the Indonesian part of Borneo. In this way, greenhouse gas emissions from peat fires and oxidation are avoided. RSS contributed to this project by determining the specific CO₂ emission savings: over 3 million tons of CO₂ emissions per year between 2016 and 2018 were saved. As a result, the positive effect of the project activities on climate change mitigation was thereby quantified and the additional value of the project by conserving the endangered ecosystem of tropical peat swamp forest was evaluated.
Read the success story on Krombacher's website (German)
Read the success story on WWF's website (German)
After developing a method for calculating the climate benefit by stopping the microbial decomposition under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), the project was successfully validated in 2014 by the TÜV. Another study was created in 2015 by Remote Sensing Solutions, which also illustrates the climate benefits of the project by preventing fire and regeneration of the forest biomass. In 2018, the renowned peat expert Prof. Dr. Ing. Dr. Hans Joosten from the University of Greifswald visited the project area, evaluated and confirmed the climate benefits.
The Krombacher climate protection project is designed as a long-term cooperation. Decades pass by until the water balance of the peat swamp forests reaches a new equilibrium. In the first 30 years in particular, it is important to safeguard what has been achieved through regular dam maintenance, fire prevention and combating, and intensive community involvement. In order to ensure long-term maintanence, Krombacher has planned a contribution of 500,000 EUR so that the WWF can set up a fund for the maintenance of the dams.