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Environmental Improvement – The Wear Rivers Trust

The Wear Rivers Trust, WRT, established in 2010, operates across the whole of the Wear Catchment, its tributaries and coastal waters, in urban and rural communities from above the river’s source at Wearhead to the sea at Sunderland, including the coastal denes.

The Trust operates locally, but as a member of the UK-wide Rivers Trust movement, has a national voice.  WRT hosts the Wear Catchment Partnership which draws together organisations working together to protect and enhance the health of the catchment: community organisations, environmental groups, DEFRA agencies, local government, water industry, academia and agriculture.

In addressing global environmental challenges at a local scale WRT is working to promote environmentally aware commercially sustainable business practice through accreditation to Investors in the Environment, helping businesses reduce environmental footprints whilst reducing both costs and business risk from inadvertent pollution.

Through our Corporate Partnership Programme we can assist in the adoption and enhancement of Environment & Corporate Social Responsibility policies, evidencing ethical business culture with positive societal impact. We provide active river improvement team building days where colleagues can have fun learning how river catchments work whilst making a practical contribution to the environment.  Volunteering is generally accepted as a key driver in delivering and personal health and wellbeing, contributing to real environmental improvement. 

We encourage our partners and supporters to share their examples of good practice in tackling the climate emergency, reversing ecological collapse and delivering a just transition. NEECCo does not undertake to quality assure these case studies, and inclusion of a case study on this website does not imply endorsement of the project by NEECCo or by its partners.

Some case studies will feature organisations who are involved in fossil fuel industries, or who are open to challenge on other aspects of their performance in relation to our objectives. NEECCo recognises that if we are to reach our ambitious objectives, all organisations and individuals within the north east will need to adapt their behaviour and actions. We want our case studies to encourage this process. Our commitment to achieving a just transition from a carbon-based economy to a green economy requires us to encourage positive steps wherever they are to be found. 

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