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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Hatchlings trapped in marine debris

Community Loggerhead Conservation, Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde

Website: http://www.caboverdenatura2000.org

Cape Verde beaches host one of the world’s largest loggerhead turtle nesting populations, and the only one in the eastern Atlantic. The beaches of southeastern Boa Vista, host the highest densities of loggerhead nests, with an estimated 40,000 females visiting, meaning that conservation and protection of these beaches is crucial for this important rookery. The main threats to this population are poaching of nesting adult females, marine debris, low beach productivity and high predation of turtle hatchlings. CV Natura 2000 will run two field camps, combined with strengthening involvement of local communities. 15 local people will be recruited to carry out daily monitoring of beaches for tracks, nests, signs of turtles and hunting, and move some eggs to hatcheries. At least 10 clean ups of 15km of beaches from marine debris, 20 environmental education activities, training of staff and volunteers for monitoring and beach cleaning, development of educational materials and events for the local population will take place.

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Surveying the damaged reef

Coral for the Climate! Coral Reef Ecosystem Expansion, Zanzibar

Website: https://www.oceanswb.org/

The reefs adjacent to Mnemba and northern Unguja islands annually contribute an estimated $1 million to the local economy via ecotourism, yet pressure on the 12 ha Mnemba House Reef (MHR), has led to its rapid degradation with coral cover down to 5%. This reduces habitat for marine species, protection against the effects of climate change, threatens the value of the area for tourism and risks food security for coastal communities. The project will work with two coastal communities to protect and restore the MHR and construct an additional community-owned artificial reef structure. This will diversify the destinations for fishers, divers and snorkelers, and the development of a web platform to log marine fauna sightings will encourage use of the new reef. Educational workshops for community fishers, boat tour guides and school children will create local custodians, reduce destructive fishing practices, and support sustainable fishing and ecotourism practices. The new reef site will reduce pressure on the degraded reefs, allowing them to recover and increasing biodiversity, supporting reef fisheries.

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Mida Boardwalk

Majestic Marine Habitats for Adventuring Souls, Kenya

Website: https://www.arocha.or.ke

The Watamu Marine National Park is seemingly a beautiful tourist paradise rich in wildlife. However, limited economic opportunities and increasing threats, fed largely by tourism, have caused an overreliance on extractive marine practices, significant biodiversity loss and degradation of critical habitats. This project will protect and restore these habitats, which includes the mangroves of Mida Creek and Watamu’s threatened riparian zone, both vital foraging and nesting grounds for endangered sea turtles, includig the critically endangered hawksbill turtle. The targeted area provides optimum feeding habitat for thousands of migrant waders and is an important ecosystem to many other fauna and flora. Working with communities, visitors and the private sector, the project will repair boardwalks within Mida Creek, and develop new and improve existing eco-tour programmes that will protect sensitive ecosystems from damage. It will restore the degraded riparian zone, reducing coastal erosion and protecting bird habitats and sea turtle nesting/foraging sites. The project will install interpretation panels in Mida communities, and run awareness sessions in schools and key hotels.

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The scale of the problem

Reducing Plastic Pollution in San Quintín Bay, Mexico

Website: http://www.terrapeninsular.org

San Quintín Bay is one of the most important bodies of water in Baja California, vital for many species of migratory birds and has been home to Japanese oyster culture since 1980. However, this activity is leaving plastic garbage and abandoned cultivation gear within the coastal lagoon, much of which washes up on beaches or sinks to the ocean floor, causing alteration in the nutrient cycle, harmful algal blooms and eutrophication of the ocean floor. The producers of the bay recognise their responsibility in the accumulation of this plastic and working with state government, bird watchers, surfers, hikers, and nature photographers, Terra Peninsular, will remove plastic waste and abandoned or obsolete oyster culture structures. Working with farmers to improve traditional farming gear, replacing plastic bottles with buoys, the project will raise awareness about the impact generated by plastic pollution and sign Marine Conservation Agreements with the different groups involved to guarantee that the efforts to reduce plastic pollution endure in the long term.

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Dalmation Pelicans breeding credit Taulant Bino

Saving the Dalmatian Pelican, Albania

Website: http://aos-alb.org/

Divjaka-Karavasta National Park (22,000 ha), is a designated Ramsar Site, an IBA, KBA and Emerald Site. It is the only breeding place in Albania for the 1.5-2% of the global population of the Dalmatian Pelican. Its ecological status in the country is critical due to threats including loss of nesting habitat due to the effects of climate change, human disturbance (including intensive agriculture and illegal poaching) and uncontrolled tourism development. The project aims to conserve the wetland ecosystem, the fragile breeding colony of pelicans and other bird colonies of global importance by encouraging locals and other stakeholders to get involved in conservation, education and raising awareness. AOS will rehabilitate the pelican’s island, create new nesting sites for the breeding terns, install 50 nest-boxes for the European roller, plant 2000 seedlings of pine, restore and waymark 6 eco-tourism trails, organise 9 awareness events and create 4 bird-themed murals with the involvement of 500 representatives from communities. 3 trained local rangers and 50 volunteers will carry out night guarding and on-the-ground conservation measures.

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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