This category contains those projects looking to conserve threatened habitats including oceans, freshwater lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands.
Please read though the details of the projects looking for your vote, and then select the one you would like to receive funding from EOCA this year. A difficult choice as they are all very worthwhile projects!


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Loveyourlocalocean Kenya

#LoveYourLocalOcean, Kenya

Website: http://www.localocean.co

This project will restore and conserve the mangrove and riparian habitat of Mida Creek in the Watamu Marine National Park, part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Both are critical foraging and nesting grounds for endangered sea turtles as well as other marine flora and fauna, threatened by activities linked to human-wildlife conflict and development. Local Ocean Conservation will combine habitat conservation, capacity building of local communities and a wide-reaching education programme to engage local communities, visitors and tourist operators to protect and conserve Mida Creek. We will also create much needed information boards and tours for local community members and visitors to better understand and enjoy these precious habitats. We will restore and protect 6 riparian zones and 8 species of mangrove, ensuring important bird and marine wildlife habitats are protected and coastal erosion is reduced. 54 fishers will be involved to increase incomes and reduce extractive practices, and visitors educated to reduce their impact.

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Portofino Marine Protected Area

Portofino Seaweed Garden, Italy

Website: https://www.outdoorportofino.com/en/

Cystoseira forests are among the most important foundation species in the Mediterranean Sea. These complex habitats are essential for biodiversity, supporting food webs, sequestering large amounts of CO2, and being used as indicators of ecological quality. However, Mediterranean Cystoseira populations have been declining due to habitat destruction, human trampling and chemical pollution, which will likely intensify under climatic change. This project will involve marine outdoor enthusiasts in protecting, monitoring and restoring Cystoseira seaweed forests and their supporting habitat in Portofino Marine Protected Area. Using kayaks, StandUp Paddleboards and via snorkelling and coasteering, volunteers will help Outdoor Portofino to transplant, grow and monitor juvenile plants into an 89 hectare study site. Once restored, Cystoseira will immediately take back its role as ecosystem engineer, creating a 3D forest-like environment in which biodiversity can thrive. Training will be given on the importance of coastal ecosystems, and on transplanting and monitoring techniques, enhancing ocean literacy, public awareness and involvement in the area.

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Rewilding Oder Delta

Promoting Wildlife Comeback in Ina river, Poland

Website: http://www.rewilding-oder-delta.com

The 129km River Ina empties into the Odra Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. It was modified for shipping in the 15th Century. After WW2, commercial use ended and wildlife returned to the river, which is now important for salmon, kingfisher, beaver, crane and sea eagle. However, channelisation has left an artificial riverbed morphology. As climate change intensifies, the impacts of this become more obvious, with drought and flood increasingly impacting disconnected floodplain habitats. Through this project, Rewilding Oder Delta will engage local volunteers using low-tech approaches to raise the bed level of the river, reconnecting the river to the floodplain and recreate migratory fish spawning grounds. 1km of river morphology will be restored, rewetting a 50ha floodplain, trees will be planted along 17km of river, cleanups will be undertaken and kayakers and anglers involved on issues of protection for the river.

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Removing Biological invasions in Coastal Ecosystems, Brazil

Website: http://www.institutohorus.org.br

Restinga (coastal scrub) ecosystem is a vegetation type that develops on sandy soils and sand dunes and acts as a barrier between the ocean and inhabited areas on the island of Santa Catarina, southern Brazil. Small fishing villages and residential areas have been increasingly damaged by extreme weather events as a result of the degradation of restingas by invasive plants. The overall goal of The Horus Institute project is to increase the resilience of coastal areas by controlling invasive alien species, thereby restoring natural areas. At the same time, it will raise awareness on climate change and adaptation measures amongst local communities. EOCA funds will help eliminate invasive pine in 165 hectares of important sand dunes and oceanic islands, working with volunteers in local protected areas. Data and images from these efforts will be used to raise awareness and educate local communities to help protect fragile areas.

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If you are an individual who loves the great outdoors and would like to support our projects, please click the donate button below.
The funding is enabling us to repair a damaged section of the iconic Three Peaks long distance footpath and restore an area of internationally important upland habitat. Voting for our project was a simple but highly effective way for our supporters to show how strongly they felt about improving access and protecting the landscape of this wonderful area. Thank you, EOCA!
Don Gamble, Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust