Get Involved in EOCA’s Autumn Vote to Commit €180,000 to Conservation Projects!

Release date: 07 October 2019

The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is set to grant €180,000 to conservation projects this autumn and is calling on everyone to help it select the projects to receive the funds.
Time to have your say!
Time to have your say!

Catherine Savidge, Joint General Manager of EOCA said “following a summer of carefully assessing and scoring over 70 different funding applications and discussing them with our Scientific Advisers, we are now delighted that we have a shortlist of worthwhile conservation projects, all of which EOCA wishes it could fund. This autumn, EOCA has €180,000 to grant to projects and so is asking for your help to choose which projects receive the funding.”

The public vote will run from today until noon (BST)/13.00hrs (CEST) on the 21st October. There are three categories of projects and voters can select one project in each category per electronic device. One category is devoted to Plastic Pollution Clean Up actions. This is in line with EOCA’s current two year focus on this issue through which the association and its members are aiming to clear 3000 km of habitat of plastic pollution – the distance from the Mediterranean Coast to Lapland. The other two categories of projects have a wide range of other important conservation issues represented from around the world, all with a link to the outdoor enthusiast.

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“Repeatedly, we get feedback from projects involved in the vote that taking part brings many benefits to them beyond selecting which projects receive funding” explained Catherine. “ It is an opportunity to raise awareness of their projects on an international platform, and to highlight the critical conservation issue they are working on. Time and again, the projects get support from unexpected places during the vote including national press, TV and radio, celebrities and politicians.”
The vote is hosted on the EOCA website HERE: One of the three categories is also hosted at Mountain Blog 

Following the public vote, an EOCA members-only vote will run from Thursday 24th October until Friday 1 November to choose further projects from the shortlist to receive funding.

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The funding that EOCA and Original Buff, S.A. have given Ennerdale's Squirrel Woodlands has enabled us to make a massive step change in our conservation of red squirrels, allowing us to purchase equipment, employ local people and support the local community in extending native woodlands and helping keep red squirrels in the valley. The simple funding process has meant we can focus on doing real tangible stuff on the ground"
Gareth Browning, Wild Ennerdale