Founded in 1948, the IUCN brings together States, government agencies and a diverse range of non-governmental organisations in a unique world partnership which seeks to safeguard natural resources at local, regional and global levels.
International Union for the Conservation of Nature
International Union for the Conservation of Nature
The reason EOCA wanted to become a part of this forward thinking, global organisation was to benefit from the expert advice available to help improve our decision-making as to the most beneficial types of projects to support. We will also be able to use IUCN resources to help improve awareness within the outdoor industry about the need for conservation and responsible, sustainable behaviour in wild places.

The association is a voice both for and directly to the outdoor industry across Europe. The heart of the industry – both industry players and their customers - is firmly placed in the great outdoors and experiencing nature in all its glory. Without guidance, this can and does lead to misuse and abuse of the environment.  The Association’s main goal is not only to make a difference by raising funds to put something back into the environment, but also to inform and educate all those who use the outdoors as their playground.

EOCA will use the services offered by the IUCN, to help us to promote and encourage responsible, sustainable behaviour by those enjoying outdoor sports.  We also hope to use their expertise to help guide us in our decisions about  what types of projects we should be concentrating on to ensure we benefit the environment, habitats and biodiversity the most.

EOCA Scientific Advisor Jonny Hughes was elected as IUCN Regional Councillor for West Europe at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Korea in September 2012.  We look forward to benefitting from his knowledge and experience and to him representing us within this organisation.

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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