Rainforest the size of Ross-on-Wye safeguarded by local company

By Ross Gazette reporter in Community News

An international polymer specialist has made a donation to the Size of Herefordshire Rainforest Project, to protect an area of tropical rainforest the size of the town, and safeguard the future of the indigenous people who live there.

REHAU made the donation to protect 350 hectares of rainforest through the local rainforest project, which supports charities protecting the Amazon rainforest and its people in Peru. The UK team wanted to support the project as part of REHAU’s ongoing strategic approach to creating a more sustainable environment.

The charity – the Forest Peoples Programme – help the Wampi and Awajun communities, which are under pressure from mining, oil and logging companies who want to exploit the rainforest’s natural resources. They give the native people the tools they need to fight off the companies, who are trying to take their homes and their livelihood.

REHAU’s donation will go towards the protection of the Amazon rainforest by buying a boat for the Wampi people. They live in an area six times the size of Herefordshire in more than 60 villages, separated by dense forest and mountains. The boat will enable village leaders to come together more easily, to plan their resistance to the threats facing them and protect their rainforest for generations to come.

Martin Hitchin, Chief Executive, in the UK, said: “REHAU made a donation to the Size of Herefordshire project because it’s a cause that really struck a chord with us. As REHAU’s UK HQ is based in Herefordshire, we were keen to support a local organisation, but perhaps more than this, we as a business are very much focused on supporting the building of homes, schools and businesses, and doing it sustainably.

“By contributing to the protection of the rainforest in Peru, we can extend our commitment to the environment beyond the UK, and protect the homes, businesses and people who live in the Amazon rainforest for many years to come.”

If you are interested in finding out more about the Size of Herefordshire Rainforest Project visit www.sizeofherefordshire.org. More information about REHAU can be found at www.rehau.com

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