EOCA Celebrates a Record Number of New Members, Supporting Conservation Together

Release date: 01 October 2019

The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) has been delighted to welcome 23 new companies into membership already during 2019 – more than in any other single year in the history of the association. This brings the total number members to 150 and will make a significant difference to the number of hands-on conservation projects the association can support.
Newest Members
Newest Members

Since January 2019, the following companies have all signed up to join the existing loyal members of EOCA, and so to support the funding of conservation of the great outdoors: Sunday Afternoons, Premsons, Brettschneider Fernreisebadarf, Tarrago Brands, MIZU Europe, World of Camping, Regatta Great Outdoors, distributor/agent Elements, Kahtoola, icebreaker, E9, ICEBUG, ECCO, Skinourishment, Leadership & Sustainability, Mund Socks, Gumbies and OutDoor by ISPO. German outdoor retailer Unterwegs, Italian Studio Moda Sport which is a representative and distribution agency for prestigious brands in the outdoor sector, Trangoworld a Spanish outdoor clothing, accessories and equipment producer, and Ahorn Communication, an agency for copywriting and brand strategy focusing on brands with an ethical purpose or approach have all joined EOCA since the beginning of July. Afydad, the Spanish Sport Association, also joined EOCA during 2019 as a trade partner.

The more members the association has paying a membership fee, getting involved in fundraising actions and supporting projects, the more conservation the association can support each year. This year, the association is set to commit over €500,000 into projects, a significant increase from the last few years.

New Members Jan - June 2019
New Members Jan - June 2019

Catherine Savidge, Joint General Manager of EOCA said “we have been thrilled to see our membership grow so significantly this year and so, as a result, be able to support more hands on conservation around the world. Feedback suggests that companies are appreciating and supportive of our two year focus tackling the issue of plastic pollution – both by aiming to clear 3000km of habitat of plastic pollution, and reducing everyday single use plastic used by the industry, and the fact that this focus is running alongside the association continuing to support a broad range of vital conservation issues around the world.”

On joining EOCA, Ance Bentjen from Unterwegs said “Nature is a valuable asset, which is not only the basis for the existence of our company, but also the basis for human existence. We therefore have a great interest in protecting nature and making a lasting contribution to its preservation. The EOCA bundles many forces and the contributions of the members flow 100 % into the environmental protection projects, thus we think that great things can be achieved by joining forces.”

For a full list of all EOCA members, please visit HERE

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The grant from the EOCA kick started WLT’s support of a new and vital Elephant Corridor project from Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, northern India, where local communities, currently encountering conflict with Elephants and Tigers are very keen to be relocated. As well as providing vital funding for this project the EOCA grant leveraged match-funding from another WLT donor which is testament to the importance of the EOCA’s support.
John A Burton, CEO, World Land Trust