On July 1 2014 we officially became a subcontractor for the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Conservation Project (RRC) to manage all field operations in their 65,000 ha Ecosystem Restoration concession in Central Kalimantan. This is the first REDD+ project in Indonesia to both receive their license from the Ministry of Forestry as well as receive verification from both the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) as well as the Voluntary Carbon Scheme (VCS). This involved hiring staff (now 35 new APCS full time employees working on RRC Project only), putting systems in place in the field, catching up on past workload backlog and preparing for an upcoming validation audit. Additionally there were offices to establish (5 in Central Kalimantan) which included staffing, furniture and legalities. There are still several key vacancies to fill in the field management team but things overall have progressed well.
At February 2015 we've got audited with a good result.