Past Projects - 2015/16

Please see below for details of past projects supported by EOCA, along with updates following the work that was carried out.
Protecting Old-Growth Forests, Sweden Fun in the forest!
Old-Growth Forests have been severely decreasing in the world, particularly in Europe. In Sweden, half of all threatened species are dependent on old growth forest but only 3.8% of forest is currently protected. Naturarvet purchases forests which then may never be sold or logged. It is currently looking to purchase and protect 70 hectares of ecologically valuable old growth forest at Iglekärr, the Gate to Risveden, just north of Gothenburg.
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Suilven Path Restoration, Scotland Suilven. Image JMT
This iconic community owned mountain rises dramatically from arguably the most spectacular scenery in Scotland. Its ancient geological features are recognised within Scotland’s first European Geopark. A 2.5km section of the route to Suilven must be restored to conserve its geological heritage while sustaining the access to this remote and wild mountain that draws visitors from far and wide. Peat is exposed on the lower path while the final steep ascent is disintegrating rapidly into a deep gully. 
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From logging and poaching to adventure and tourism, West Sumatra In the forest
Indonesia’s tropical forests are disappearing faster than any other forests on earth. The Gamaran Protected Forest in West Sumatra hosts a myriad of wildlife, wild rivers, waterfalls and expansive cave systems. It is a potential hotspot for outdoor enthusiasts and a critical link to the local community conservation vision.
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Reducing threats to Cross River Gorillas, Nigeria. A gorilla in the forest
The tropical rainforests of Cross River State in Okwangwo, Nigeria are recognised as a biological hotspot of global significance, supporting over 60% of Nigeria’s endangered plants and animals and numerous endangered primates most notably the Cross River gorilla. The Cross River gorilla is only found along the southern section of the Nigeria-Cameroon border and there are thought to be less than 300 individuals left. Logging, farming, and hunting are the major threats to the gorillas in the area. more detail
AgroS.O.S.tainable Phase II, Spain  Barn Owl
In recent years, the abandonment of the countryside and the use of intensive crop systems has lead to the progressive loss of habitat necessary for the long-term sustainability of populations of many endangered bird species in the project area near Madrid. Many species of Steppe birds including Great Bustard, various owls and harriers, stone curlews and also sand grouse are being lost due to farming practices. more detail
Citizen Action for Tigers (CAT), Malaysia CAT Walk. Photo credit: Harrison Ooi, MYCAT
Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) is an alliance of 4 NGOs working to save Malaysia’s tigers. CAT is the first programme in Malaysia that enables the public to get involved in tiger conservation. CAT Walks (anti-poaching wilderness watches) bring small groups trekking or camping in the rainforests of the Yu River Wildlife Corridor, the sole link between Malaysia’s two largest forested areas. Together, they form the world’s fifth-largest tiger landscape (35,000 sq. km). more detail
Community Action to Protect the Sangai Deer, India Sangai Deer
The endangered Sangai deer is found only in Manipur and in the marshy wetlands of the floating park at the southern end of Loktak Lake. This is the largest fresh water lake in Eastern India, one of seven Ramsar sites of international importance. The deer is threatened by poaching, fishing activities, reduction in food, inbreeding and disease, flooding of habitat and drowning.
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Conserving Red Pandas,  Nepal Red Panda
The Red Panda is an indicator of healthy subalpine forests. The Kanchenjunga Singhalila Complex (KSC) in Eastern Nepal and the Panchthar-llam-Taplejung (PIT) corridor support 25% of the red panda population of Nepal. However the PIT corridor is not protected and there is pressure from livestock grazing, exploitation of fuel wood collection and encroachment by locals which has led to the degradation and fragmentation of the habitat, resulting in the isolation of panda populations.
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Wildfjords Restoration, Iceland Cairn Restoration
The project is located in Iceland’s wild and mountainous West Fjords region, a landscape of rugged rock and steep sided fjords. Though retaining its wild character, land use has dramatically altered the ecology, with approximately 95% of the original forest cover removed, wetlands drained for farmland and non-native tree species planted. Increasing tourism also threatens the region’s sensitive flora.
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Peter Weber, Deutsche Alpen Verein