The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is delighted to be able to announce the three conservation projects chosen by the public to receive funding from the association this year. A staggering 55,263 votes were cast to select these three projects from the shortlisted projects which appeared online and in magazines across Europe.
The shortlisted projects were divided into three categories, and the three categories of projects featured in different magazines. Nature Conservation projects were showcased in National Geographic Germany. Alpine conservation projects featured in Alpin Magazin in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Outdoor conservation projects featured in TGO (UK), Lift (Netherlands), Bike & Trekking (Netherlands) and Wider (France). The readers of the magazines and the general public were then asked to vote for their favourite project in each category either on the websites of the magazines or the EOCA website. The project in each category with the highest number of votes will receive funding of up to €30,000.
The three winning projects are:
Nature Category: Hnuti Duha Olomouc project – Conservation of Large Carnivores in the West Carpathians
Alpine Category: John Muir Trust project – Steall Gorge Path Repair, Scotland
Outdoor Category: Surfers against Sewage project – Coastal Protection Activists, UK