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EOCA has had a busy and successful start to 2018:

  • Raising double the usual levels of funds at the ISPO trade show
  • Finalising the assessment of record numbers of funding applications
  • Receiving exciting and inspiring reports back from projects currently being funded by the association, and
  • Setting up the next public vote.

EOCA was once again generously hosted by ISPO in Munich. As in previous years, the association held a conservation fundraiser on its stand, with visitors to the show able to purchase gear kindly donated by EOCA members. In addition, five members – Berg Outdoor, Bergans, Camelbak, KEEN and Klean Kanteen – held events on their own stands to raise further funds for EOCA. In total, €18,677 was raised for conservation during the four-day show, up dramatically from €7000 last year. EOCA is very grateful to its members and everyone who purchased items for making this possible. 100% of the money raised will be spent to conservation work this year.

The 2018 spring vote, #eocavote ran from 9th-23rd March. This year, there were 14 projects in 13 different countries all looking for votes. All had been through the rigorous EOCA selection criteria were very worthy of support. The projects were divided into three categories:

  • Forest – projects focused on protecting and/or restoring forest habitats
  • Water – projects addressing threats to fresh water, wetland, and marine habitats, and
  • Mountain – conservation of high altitude habitats.

As always, all projects addressed a threat to the habitat, engaged and benefited local communities, and had a link and relevance to outdoor enthusiasts. The projects with the highest number of votes per category will receive the funding they requested. In this round, the successful applicants were:

As always, all projects addressed a threat to the habitat, engaged and benefited local communities, and had a link and relevance to outdoor enthusiasts. The projects with the highest number of votes per category will receive the funding they requested. In this round, the successful applicants were:

Forest – 10,000 Native Trees for Froxán Community, Spain

This project will remove invasive species and plant 10,000 native trees over 20 hectares in community conserved woodland, as well as installing an 8km trail for visitors. Read more here.

Water – Protecting Manta Rays and Whale Sharks, Mozambique

Working with fishers and divers, this project will establish and manage a community agreed Locally Managed Marine Area to address the 98% decline in Manta Ray sightings. Read more here.

Mountain – Enhancing and Safeguarding Torres del Paine’s ‘O’ Circuit

The project will construct boardwalk along heavily used but sensitive and damaged sections of the increasingly popular seven-day trekking circuit in this UNESCO biosphere reserve. Read more here.

Following the public vote, a private poll of EOCA members only will be held to choose further projects to fund.

For more information about the current work of EOCA visit www.outdoorconservation.eu or contact Tanya Bascombe (tanya@outdoorconservation.eu) or Catherine Savidge (catherine@outdoorconservation.eu).