Wales - playing a vital role to protect vulnerable communities and tropical forest

Posted by Lorraine Rees Community Fundraiser for Wales/Cymru

12th Dec 2012

People in Wales can play a vital role in helping to protect one of the world's most vulnerable communities by raising funds for a unique Oxfam Cymru project - and every pound donated will be doubled by Welsh organisation Size of Wales.

Oxfam Cymru is working in partnership with Size of Wales to help sustain an area of tropical forest twice the size of Wrexham county borough - one thousand square kilometres. This area of tropical forest is in the Bosawas Biosphere reserve in Nicaragua, the largest forest reserve in Central America.

The Bosawas reserve contains the homelands of indigenous peoples for whom the forest is a source of life, food and medicinal herbs.  Over the last ten years, their way of life has been threatened by massive deforestation caused by the rapid and unsustainable clearing of land for agriculture and intensive livestock farming, which has lead to soil erosion, water pollution and the loss of animal and plant species.

Oxfam Cymru has taken on the challenge of raising money to protect a part of the Bosawas reserve and every pound raised by 31st March 2013 will be generously matched by Size of Wales.  

Through Oxfam Cymru's project, communities will be educated and trained to protect the forests in which they live as a vital part of the bigger climate change and environmental protection picture.  A donation of £115 could train a volunteer park warden to monitor illegal logging and £750 could re-forest an area equivalent to the rugby pitch at the Cardiff Millennium Stadium.

You can support this project in a number of ways:  by making a donation; by getting together with friends and colleagues to raise funds: or by buying a "tree" from the Oxfam Unwrapped Christmas catalogue - a really unique gift!

Lorraine Rees, Oxfam's Community Fundraiser for Wales, said, "Your support can help people and a rainforest to survive for generations to come".

For further information, contact Lorraine Rees Lrees@oxfam.org.uk  07810 152727

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Community Fundraiser for Wales/Cymru

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