This category contains those projects looking to conserve threatened habitats including oceans, freshwater lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands and water sources.
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!

VOTING WILL RUN FROM 00.01BST/13.01 CEST on 12th October until 12.00 BST/13.00 CEST on 26th October

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COT control

Coral, Climate, Community: Protecting a Fragile Ecosystem, Philippines

Website: http://www.peopleandthesea.org

Malapascua, a 2km squared island in the Visayan Sea, Philippines, is home to some of the richest areas of marine biodiversity, including the only site worldwide where threatened thresher sharks can reliably be sighted. Coral reefs and seagrass meadows are the foundation of this oasis; a dense web of species depend on them. After climate change, the two major pressures on coral ecosystems are destructive fishing practices, and crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) infestation. This project by People and the Sea, will actively engage local stakeholders in the protection of coral and seagrass ecosystems by training 12 diving surveyors and 10 seagrass surveyors, who will monitor reefs, lead coral conservation dives and survey seagrass. They will build support around 6 local reef protected areas and establish 2 new seagrass protected areas. The project will also monitor reefs for COTS infestation and carry out targeted control intervention, develop artificial reef structures and transplant 1500 coral fragments onto them.

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Drop by Drop, Italy

Website: http://www.salviamolorso.it

The Central Apennines are considered the wild heart of Italy, thanks to their incredible ecosystems and rich biodiversity. One of the threats to this biodiversity is the reduction in water availability caused by worsening summer drought and reduced snow fall. This may have dramatic consequences on animals, both amphibians that rely on water basins for part or their entire life cycle, and for larger animals that need pools to hydrate, lower their body temperature and lactate. For the Marsican brown bear, Salviamo l’Orso’s target species, the absence of water sources could force it to restrict its movements to the few areas where the presence of water is guaranteed, limiting its colonisation of new areas, a vital step for the survival of this species. This project will involve volunteers, shepherds, hunters and wildlife experts with the aim to improve 20 water basins over 35,455 ha by enhancing the water holding capacity of natural water ponds, fixing existing troughs and protecting the natural ponds that the overflow creates. (Photo credit Angelina Iannarelli)

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Collared pratincole. Photo credit Daniele Dessì

Protecting Biodiversity in the Odiel Marshes, Spain

Website: http://www.seo.org

The Odiel Marshes Biosphere Reserve is situated to the NW of Andalusia, Spain. Threats to the local biodiversity include exotic invasive Beach Evening Primrose that replace the native species, plastic pollution from beachgoers and brought in on the tide, and beachgoers disturbing beach-nesting birds, including the Kentish Plover, the Collared Pratincole and the Little Tern. In collaboration with local entities such as the University of Huelva, and through the establishment of a network of 200 volunteers carrying out 25 workdays a year, SEO will focus on the removal of Beach Evening Primose on 200ha of coastal dunes and sandbanks, removal of trash from the beach, reforestation of scrubland areas with native trees and shrubs, restoration of wetland areas with native halophile species, monitoring and protecting the 4ha of breeding colonies of Kentish plover, Little tern and Collared pratincole, and bird ringing to gather vital information. In addition, an environmental education campaign, focused on the Odiel Marshes will be delivered. (photo credit Daniele Dessi)

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Coral nursery

Recovering a marine paradise by diving with purpose, Mexico

Website: http://www.takataexperience.com/research-conservation/

Coral reefs are among the most vulnerable and important ecosystems to preserve in order to fight against the environmental crisis. Mahahual reef is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier, a beautiful, but highly threatened area due to climate change, pollution, overfishing, and invasive species. Takata Research Centre proposes actions to help the ecological recovery of this area, which will be carried out involving scientists, divers, fishermen, students, and the local community. An additional coral nursery will be built and 3000 fragments of two critically endangered species – Elkhorn and Staghorn, will be transplanted in degraded reefs. These species are considered among the principal builder species in the Mexican Caribbean. A competitive tournament will be organized every year as well as activities each month for three years to tackle the issue of reducing the number of invasive lionfish, with 3000 fish being caught over the life of the project. In addition, as part of their integrated environmental management plan, seagrass and coral reefs will be monitored, turtle nests surveyed and protected, and a number of monthly educational activities undertaken for local communities.

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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