We partner with Permian Global (PG), who invest in the protection and recovery of natural forest eco-systems to reduce greenhouse gases.
The Katingan Project collaborates with 34 Indonesian villages to not only reduce emissions, but to conserve local wildlife populations and enable the sustainable development of the local community.

The project has received

Triple Gold Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CBB) status

  • 149,800 hectares of intact peat swamp forest protected
  • Protection of vital habitat for 5 Critically Endangered Species and 31 Vulnerable Species
  • Generating 7.5 million carbon credits per year

The Conservationists of Katingan Mentaya

Title: The Conservationists of Katingan Mentaya

Duration: 2:21 minutes

Description

This video provides an overview of the conservationists of Katingan Mentaya and then focuses on Jona Ventia Putri, a member of the research and development staff in PT Rimba Makmur Utama.

The Conservationists of Katingan Mentaya Transcript

[Background sound plays]

Video opens with jungle sounds of humming, buzzing and chirping then uplifting music begins to play.

[Video footage]

Video opens in the jungle with dense lush greenery. One man is standing with a shovel while four other men walk up to him with big bags over their shoulders. On this scene:

[Text displays]

Shell Presents: The Conservationists of Katingan Mentaya

[Video footage]

Cut to a wide aerial view of the jungle with miles and miles of green treetops. Over the top of this:

[Text displays]

When you choose to drive carbon neutral with Shell, your contributions go towards purchasing carbon credits that support projects around the world.

The Kantingan Mentaya Project oversees 157,000 hectares of peatland ecosystems in Borneo, Indonesia.

[Video footage]

Cut to a closer shot of trees and bushes viewed from above. Over the top of this:

[Text displays]

Peatlands help to absorb and store carbon dioxide under the ground.

However, when dry, the carbon can be released.

[Video footage]

This cuts to two people with big yellow containers in their hands walking down wooden planks through an open field in the jungle. Over top of this:

[Text displays]

The Conservationists of the project work to maintain optimal moisture levels of the peat.

[Video footage]

A woman with glasses walks through a doorway and uses a key to unlock a locker. A voice over starts:

[Jona: Subtitled text displays]

My name is Jona Ventia Putri. I am a member of the research and development staff in PT Rimba Makmur Utama.

[Video footage]

While the voice over continues, we see a close up of a glass beaker filled with water and stacked stainless-steel trays and bowls in the background. Cut to a shelf with clear plastic bowls containing dried brown leaves. We then see shadow box frames with various dried leaves and their descriptions.

[Jona: Subtitled text displays]

About the Katigan Mentaya Project

[Video footage]

We then see Jona writing “soil health” on a glass window with a black marker.

[Jona: Subtitled text displays]

I am doing an experiment on how to measure the health of the peat in the forest.

[Video footage]

Video shows Jona quickly picking up a yellow bag from the floor and going down a white stairwell. This cuts to a first-person view looking out over the bow of a small boat as it travels down a narrow river with dense green forest on either side.

[Jona: Subtitled text displays]

The area that we are overseeing is very large, about 157,000 hectares.

[Video footage]

We see Jona in a red plaid shirt and life jacket walking through the river pulling a small wooden boat through shallow water with the help of another person. The boat is loaded up with bags under a tarp. This then cuts to Jona and three other people putting a long rod with a metal blade on the end into leaf covered ground.

[Jona: Subtitled text displays]

Peat is formed from many layers of fallen leaves.

The process takes a long time.

It also takes a long time to decompose because the leaves are wet.

But it’s great at storing carbon.

[Video footage]

Jona and the other three people then pull the long rod from the ground to reveal a mud like brown substance on the blade called peat.

[Jona: Subtitled text displays]

The age of the samples that we collected from a depth of 50 cm is about 2,000 years old.

[Video footage]

This cuts to a wide aerial view of the river surrounded by green open jungle, a blue bridge over the river and a few wooden boats in the river. Other than a few small buildings on the left side, there is nothing in the area but open green expanse. 

[Jona: Subtitled text displays]

The canal drains a lot of water from the peat and dries it out.

[Video footage]

This cuts to a close shot from above of the same two people from the beginning of the video. They are still walking over wooden planks through the jungle carrying their yellow containers.

[Jona: Subtitled text displays]

Preserving the health of the peat is very important because we are restoring the ecosystem.

[Video footage]

We see a close up on an analog clock and then cut to Jona sitting down indoors opening a laptop. She begins to type.

[Jona: Subtitled text displays]

What we hope to do in the future is to bind more carbon from the atmosphere.

[Video footage]

We then cut to a close up of a carbon diagram hand drawn with black marker on a window. We go eback to the jungle where we now see Jona is one of the people walking on the wooden planks with yellow containers.

[Jona: Subtitled text displays]

I feel that I have to be involved

because I feel responsible as a human being living on this earth.

[Video footage]

Rear view of Jona and another person as they continue to trek through the jungle on the wooden board path carrying yellow containers and other bags. There is nothing around except dense greenery.

[Jona: Subtitled text displays]

So together, we need to try improve the situation.

[Video footage]

Camera pans out to another aerial view of the jungle. Over top of this:

[Text displays]

With the conservationists’ help, the project has prevented the release of greenhouse gases equivalent to over 31 million tons of CO2.

Every time you choose to drive carbon neutral with Shell, your contributions go towards funding essential projects like this.

[Video footage]

Shell logo appears over top of aerial shot.

[Audio]

Shell brand mnemonic played on piano.

The Organic Farmers of Katingan Mentaya

Title: The Organic Farmers of Katingan Mentaya

Duration: 1:36 minutes

Description

This video focuses on organic farmers that grow their crops in a way that protects and respects the surrounding forest.

The Organic Farmers of Katingan Mentaya Transcript

[Background sound plays]

[Text displays]

Shell Presents: The Organic Farmers of Katingan Mentaya

[Video footage]

Video opens with the crackling sound of bags opening and soil being poured into them. We then hear the sound of crunching leaves as women walk through a field of crops and begin singing together. Uplifting music then begins to play.

Video opens with women filling bags of soil while crouching on the ground near a building. There is lush greenery around them. It then cuts to women with machetes in hand carrying crops of greenery they have chopped down. They are walking through tall fields of crops. Over top of this:

[Text displays]

When you choose to drive carbon neutral with Shell, your contributions go towards purchasing carbon credits that support projects around the world.

[Video footage]

We see a close up of a woman smiling in a brightly patterned headscarf.

[Text displays]

The Kantingan Mentaya Project oversees 157,000 hectares of peatland ecosystems in Borneo, Indonesia.

[Video footage]

Shot now focuses on the ground as a woman repeatedly drives a spade into the soil to dig a hole. We then see other women shoveling the soil back around the freshly planted crop. We pan out to see more women crouched around the crops using their hands to pack the soil closely around the new crop.

[Text displays]

The project helps educate local communities on greener and more sustainable farming practices. So that farmers can grow their crops in a way that protects and respects the surrounding forest.

[Video footage]

We then are close up on the trunk of a tree as someone uses a machete to chop it in half. Shot then changes to a close up of a little girl and little boy picking a vegetable off of a vine.

[Text displays]

Since we started farming with organic methods, we’ve seen all kinds of benefits.

[Video footage]

We see a close up of someone sharpening a machete blade with a stone. This quickly changes to a large leaf falling off a plant as if it was being chopped. The video then pans out and we see a woman using a hook blade to pull down leaves high above her head. The scene changes to the ground and we see multiple leaves continue to drop one after another forming a pile of leaves on the ground.

[Text displays]

It gives us a better income and that helps our community thrive - all of us.

[Video footage]

Women begin to stack the leaves into neat piles. We now have a close up shot on the spine of a leaf where a woman shears both sides of the leaf off the spine. She then neatly folds the pieces of leaves into bunches.

[Text displays]

We make our fertilizer without chemicals now - all of it is homemade.

[Video footage]

Video cuts to two men on the river. They unpackage neatly bundled bunches of leaves from their bikes in the pouring rain. They carry the large bound bunches of leaves and pile them into their wooden boat.

[Text displays]

Our crops are more abundant and the fertilizer doesn’t damage the soil.

[Video footage]

A man cranks a wheel around in a circle to start the engine of the boat. We now see three men boating through the open river with the jungle in the background. The packages of leaves are neatly piled in the middle of the boat.

[Text displays]

We grow everything organically, which is better for our health and the crops are more likely to sell.

[Video footage]

We then cut to two children sitting cross-legged indoors on a wooden floor. They are playing hand-games. In the background, we can see a small house.

[Text displays]

We can use the revenue for our children’s education and other things we need.

Praise to Allah that we can get it.

[Video footage]

We continue to see the two girls playing hand-games. Over top of this:

To date, the project has helped over 1,000 adults receive the training they need to live and work sustainably.

Every time you choose to drive carbon neutral with Shell, your contributions go towards funding essential projects like this.

[Video footage]

Shell logo appears over top of the two girls.

[Audio]

Shell brand mnemonic played on piano.

The Firefighters of Katingan Mentaya

Title: The Firefighters of Katingan Mentaya

Duration: 2:11 minutes

Description

This video focuses on the firefighters that work to fight peat swamp forest fires in Katingan Mentaya.

The Firefighters of Katingan Mentaya Transcript

[Background sound plays]

Video opens with crackling, snapping and then sizzling sounds of a fire being put out with water. Uplifting music then begins to play as we hear jungle sounds of humming, buzzing and chirping.

[Video footage]

Video opens with two firefighters trying to put out a brush fire in the jungle with a hose as two other firefighters walk through wearing gas masks and hard hats while carrying rolled fire hoses. It is bright and sunny but there is smoke in the air.

[Text displays]

Shell Presents: The Firefighters of Katingan Mentaya

[Video footage]

We then cut to a wide shot aerial view of the jungle with miles and miles of green treetops. Over the top of this:

[Text displays]

When you choose to drive carbon neutral with Shell, your contributions go towards purchasing carbon credits that support projects around the world.

The Kantingan Mentaya Project oversees 157,000 hectares of peatland ecosystems in Borneo, Indonesia.

[Video footage]

Cut to a closer shot of trees and bushes viewed from above. Over the top of this:

[Text displays]

Peatlands help to absorb and store carbon under the ground.

[Video footage]

We see a trail of smoke blowing through the air. It is coming from heavy brush and leaves on the ground in the jungle.

[Text displays]

However, when dry, are highly flammable.

[Video footage]

Three firefighters run through the background wearing hard hats and gas masks. 

[Text displays]

The project firefighters work to prevent peat fires.

[Video footage]

We see firefighters using hoses to spray water over the dry brush and leaves lining the jungle floor. They are wearing regular street clothes with hard hats and gas masks and fingerless gloves. It progresses to heavy smoke and visibility reduces significantly.

[Subtitled text displays]

The peat swamp forest has a high carbon level, so when there is a fire, it produces high emissions.

[That’s why it’s really important that we protect it.]

[Video footage]

The video cuts to a man waking up in the bottom bunk of a metal bunk bed. The sun is streaming through the window on him. Another man can be seen climbing down the bunk ladder from the top bunk.

[Subtitled text displays]

We’re in the height of the dry season, so it’s a very busy time for fighting fires.

[Video footage]

A cat runs by as a well-dressed man wearing glasses sits in a little kitchen and calls out.

[Subtitled text displays]

Come on Kristo, get ready to go!

[Video footage]

Cut to a woman wearing a headscarf and glasses typing on a laptop.

[Subtitled text displays]

It’s my personal belief that if it weren’t for us

[Video footage]

We then see two other men looking at laptop screens showing Google Earth colored maps and pinned locations.

[Subtitled text displays]

the risk of forest fire would be so great

that this delicate ecosystem and huge carbon store would soon disappear for good.

[Video footage]

A person then gets up from a chair and picks up an orange plastic case. We then see this person walking with the orange case along a path through the dense jungle.

[Subtitled text displays]

When there’s a fire in the peat swamp forest, it’s very difficult to handle

[Video footage]

The camera angle then changes, and we see the person walking through the jungle from above. The person lays down the orange case and opens it. He takes out a drone camera and begins flying it with the handheld control.

[Subtitled text displays]

Because the fire exists in the land itself (not in the trees above).

[Video footage]

We zoom out to see the drone flying above the river and jungle. This visual then fades into a laptop screen which displays the video footage taken by the drone. It shows a vast aerial view of the jungle. We can see small areas or hotspots of smoke coming from distinct locations.

[Subtitled text displays]

There are three groups of fires, three groups of hotspots found.

[Video footage]

We then see a person walk up to a radio dispatch console on a desk. Next to the console is a monitor with various live surveillance video scenes playing simultaneously. This scene immediately cuts to firefighters in small wooden boats on the river. They are passing rolled firehoses through a human assembly line.

[Subtitled text displays]

Referring to the work we are doing now, it actually feels like a profound responsibility.

[Video footage]

We see a firehose being unraveled as it spins on a pipe through the center of the firehose. One person is holding the nozzle of the hose to direct the water. The next scene is a close up of a hand attaching the other end of the hose to a water pump, as another person pulls the string on a generator to power it up.

[Subtitled text displays]

Water, please!

[Video footage]

We see the flat hose expand as water travels through it over the dry and cracked brush on the jungle floor.

[Subtitled text displays]

What you do, becomes pride, not only for the job

[Video footage]

A firefighter is seen unraveling the rolled hose as he walks through the jungle guiding the hose to the correct location.

[Subtitled text displays]

But also for the government and the nation.

[Video footage]

Video cuts to a puddle of water on dark soil. Water is being pumped out the end of a vertical metal pipe with holes. We then see the top of the pipe where a firefighter is holding it in place pushing the water down into the jungle floor. Through thick smoke in the background, another firefighter can be seen guiding the hose. As we pan out, we see a few firefighters walking towards the smoke. One of the firefighters has a rolled-up hose on his shoulder.

[Video footage]

Pan out to an aerial view of the jungle. Over top of this:

[Text displays]

Since 2016, the firefighters have stopped the underground fires from spreading.

To date, the project has prevented the release of greenhouse gases equivalent to over 31 million tons of CO2.

Every time you choose to drive carbon neutral with Shell, your contributions go towards funding essential projects like this.

[Video footage]

Shell logo appears over top of aerial shot.

[Audio]

Shell brand mnemonic played on piano.

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