Wild Places

A varied selection of projects, all working to protect valuable biodiversity and precious habitats in wild places and landscapes around the world. 

Please read though the details below of the projects looking for your vote, and then select the one you would like to receive funding from EOCA.  A difficult choice as they are all very worthwhile projects!

VOTING WILL RUN FROM 00.01 BST/01.01 CEST on 12th October until 12.00 BST/13.00hrs CEST on 26th October

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Team collecting seeds

Conservation and restoration of Tabaquillos forests, Argentina

Website: http://www.fundacionab.org.ar/

The woodland in the Sierras Grandes of Córdoba, Argentina are currently highly fragmented and subject to extensive burning, livestock grazing, and clearing, resulting in severe changes of habitat characteristics, which hamper natural regeneration. Tabaquillos forests (Polylepis) contain an important richness of endemic species which in many cases is endangered. The restoration and conservation of these high Andean mountain forests (and associated mountains) is of vital importance to protect the headwaters of South America's watersheds. By restoring with native trees and simultaneously carrying out environmental education programmes, Fundación Actividades Biosféricas intend through this project to restore high-altitude ecosystems, conserve biodiversity including Andean condor, puma and red fox, counteract soil loss and contribute to the preservation of the water resources of the inhabitants. This project will work with local and volunteers, to collect seeds, establish tree nurseries and plant out 150,000 seedlings of Polylepis australis over 50 hectares. It will also carry out trail maintenance and environmental education with schools, students and community members.

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Propithecus coquereli

Saving Madagascar’s Endangered Biodiversity through Fire Management.

Website: http://www.planetmadagascar.org

Ankarafantsika National Park in North-West Madagascar is one of the largest remaining fragments of western primary forest in the country and a popular site for wildlife enthusiasts because of its unique lemur and bird species. Lemurs, found only in Madagascar, are the most endangered group of animals on the planet with Coquerel’s sifakas, amongst the world’s top 25 endangered primates. Sadly, Ankarafantsika suffers from forest loss due to fires, logging, construction, slash-and-burn agriculture, and domestic grazing—and it desperately needs protection. Planet Madagascar will protect 357 ha of forest fragments within 4000ha of anthropogenic grasslands, and 4000 ha of continuous forest, by reducing the impact and number of fires, grazing, and forest extraction incidents and increasing awareness about fire's effects on lemurs, forests, and people. The project will address poverty-driven environmental degradation by employing 18 residents to carry out 12 fire and forest patrols each week, employ 35 women from local communities to facilitate enterprise development, and increase awareness about the impacts of fire with 1000 people in 10 communities.

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Marion Island

Saving Marion Island's Seabirds

Website: http://www.mousefreemarion.org

Non-native, albatross-killing mice were accidently introduced to Marion Island in the sub-Antarctic by ships in the 1800s. With no natural predators, the mice prey on native invertebrates and plants, as well as on sea bird eggs, chicks and even adult birds as they sit on their nests. The tunneling activities of the mice is also drying out peat bogs, which cover half of the island and are important for carbon storage. The Mouse-Free Marion project aims to restore the critical breeding habitat of over two million seabirds on Marion Island, by removing mice from the 30,000ha island. Additionally, the project will improve the island’s ecosystems resilience to climate change by removing the impact the mice have on other native fauna and flora, and benefit birdwatchers throughout the Southern Hemisphere. The project will benefit 28 seabird species including Grey-headed, Sooty and Wandering Albatross. Twelve educational events about the project will be delivered in South Africa.

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Toucan rehabilitation

Toucans of Yungas. Restoring forests and key species, Argentina

Website: https://uspt.edu.ar/home/reservasanpablo/

The University of San Pablo Tucumán, of the Foundation for Development, has a 2,000-hectare reserve in the Yungas Forest, in the province of Tucumán, in north-western Argentina. The reserve is an important destination for tourists who hike and bird watch. The Reserve is currently developing an ecological restoration project, focused on recovering the Toucan population, which was considered extinct in the province, until its reappearance in 2010, near the San Pablo Reserve, and controlling evergreen populations of Chinese privet, a tree species from China, which has established as an invasive species in part of the reserve. Through this project, the university will clear 300ha of invasive Chinese privet, carry out enrichment planting with 10,000 native seedlings, maintain and construct new walks circuits, train guides, organize hiking events and work with 30 schools to deliver an educational campaign, as well as release around 10 pairs a year of toucans rescued from wildlife trafficking into the forest.

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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