Past Projects - 2017/18

Please see below for details of past projects supported by EOCA, along with updates following the work that was carried out.
Habitat Restoration and Ecotourism for Chimpanzees, Uganda photo credit Jacqueline Rohen
The Bulindi Chimpanzee and Community Project aims to conserve the highly threatened populations of wild chimpanzees living in unprotected, rapidly disappearing  habitat alongside poor, rural farmers in Western Uganda’s critical Budongo-Bugoma corridor landscape.

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Reducing plastic at coastal community schools, Guatemala Beach Clean
Semillas del Océano (Seeds of the Ocean) has as its mission to design and implement innovative conservation programmes that educate local leaders to promote sustainable development in their communities.   The aim is to use Guatemala's marine and coastal resources sustainably through the contribution of community members as stewards of the oceans and the country's natural resources.
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Conserving South Africa’s Endangered Cranes Image Daniel Dolpire
The Endangered Wildlife Trust operates throughout southern and parts of Eastern Africa.  It conserves threatened species and ecosystems by initiating research and conservation action programmes; implementing projects which mitigate threats facing species diversity and supporting sustainable natural resource management. more detail
Let's take action for the Bear, Italy photo credit: Francesco Culicelli
Salviamo l'Orso is an association of volunteers that aims to carry out practical actions to save the Marsican brown bear from extinction. more detail
SAS Coastal Environmental Regional Reps, UK Surfers Against Sewage
The aim of this project is to work with communities across the UK to rid our oceans & beaches of plastic pollution. 
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Cleaning Up the Alps Cleaning up the Alps. @Emilien Maulave
Obsolete facilities such as barbed wire, live shells, ammunition, abandoned ski stations and disused cable, are a real plague for wilderness, environment and outdoor users in mountains. Until recently, there was no obligation for these old structures to be removed even though they represent a great danger to wildlife and people. more detail
 Restoring Mangroves and Livelihoods, Aceh, Indonesia Aceh Regency, Indonesia
The Banda Aceh area is still struggling with the after effects of the 2004 tsunami. All of the mangroves were lost, resulting in lack of important shade, loss of habitat for small fish and therefore food and income for the villagers and seawater now comes onto the land making it impossible to grow crops. Funded by KEEN more detail
Conservation of Ringed Seals, Lake Saimaa, Finland Saimaa Ringed Seal
The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC) is the largest non-governmental organization for environmental protection and nature conservation in Finland. Its purpose is to protect the environment, promote nature conservation, preserve cultural heritage, and promote active citizenship and environmental awareness. more detail
A New Ecotourism in Thailand photo credit: Peter Yuen Photography
Mahouts Elephant Foundation (MEF) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving and protecting the lives of Asian elephants. They facilitate the return of captive, working elephants to protected forest habitat through community, educational and research partnerships.

Currently, nearly 5,000 elephants endure life in trekking camps in Thailand, giving rides and performing tricks for tourists. Meanwhile, wild elephant populations are dwindling. MEF works with mahouts living in and caring for an 8,000-acre protected area of forest, used to release captive elephants back into native habitat. more detail
Restoring the Peatland of the Flow Country, Scotland
RSPB Scotland is part of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the UK nature conservation charity that exists to tackle the problems threatening our spectacular environment.

The Flow Country is a stunning blanket bog in northern Scotland. This globally rare habitat is home to a variety of wildlife, including golden eagles, hen harrier, otters, mountain hare, waders and waterfowl. It is the largest terrestrial carbon store in the UK, and is considered to be the largest single expanse of blanket bog in the world. However, conifer plantations from the 1970s and 80s are drying out the peat, causing carbon release into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change, and reducing habitat for wildlife. more detail
Chittagong Hill Tracts Programme
Creative Conservation Alliance (CCA) is dedicated to the ecological and cultural preservation of Bangladesh’s last remaining wild places. They aim to empower local people as true stakeholders of their own landscapes and futures.

This project is a sustainable, community- owned conservation initiative that empowers indigenous tribesmen to act as stewards of their own unique and endangered ecosystem, heritage, and culture. Through the exchange of incentives in a pilot project, the CCA has successfully reduced hunting pressure on 15 species by 50% in the last remaining primary tropical forest in Bangladesh.  This area harbours the very last in-country populations of several species of turtles as well as clouded leopards, Chinese pangolins, Asian elephants and sun bears. The communities sign moratoriums on hunting of species in return for new schools and improved market access for their craft products, thus reducing hunting more detail
eMAP (Elephant Monitoring and Anti-Poaching) - Tsavo, Kenya Photo credit © Tsavo Conservation Group
Tsavo Conservation Group works to secure wilderness areas in Kenya’s iconic Tsavo landscape and beyond, for the benefit of wildlife, habitat and people. It achieves this by implementing its ‘Stabilization through Conservation’ approach with a focus on innovation, partnership and stewardship.TsavoCon’s eMAP project in the Taita Ranches and Conservancies will establish the widest community-based elephant monitoring network in southern Kenya’s greater Tsavo ecosystem. The area hosts the highest concentration of elephants in Kenya but also suffers high rates of poaching – with 60% of all poaching in Kenya in 2014 occurring in the Tsavo ecosystem. It also has high levels of human-elephant conflict which results in resentment from the local communities. more detail
Conserve and Restore Habitats for Otters, Romania Photo credit:Bouros George
The purpose of Asociatia pentru Conservarea Diversitatii Biologice (ACDB) is to support and promote biodiversity conservation activities, environmental education and environmental protection.The aim of this project is to conserve and restore aquatic habitats for otters in a protected area in the Vrancea mountains in the Carpathians of SE Romania by engaging local communities and outdoor enthusiasts. more detail
Heart of Scotland Forest Project Schiehallion. Credit John Muir Trust
The John Muir Trust is a UK conservation charity dedicated to protecting wild places. It works to restore the rich wildlife and habitats of wild land, helping native woodland and peatland to thrive. The Trust also campaigns for long term legal protection of wild land and educate people on conservation of these areas. Funded by Original Buff, S.A. more detail
Cleaning Up River Mulde, Germany Photo credit: Birgit Krummhaar
EUROPARC Deutschland e.V. supports National Natural Landscapes which include German biosphere reserves, national parks and nature parks.

The River Mulde, which flows from Lake Muldestausee and into the River Elbe in North East Germany is popular with locals and visitors for its recreation opportunities and its surrounding landscapes. In 2013, the River Mulde experienced severe flooding. Since the lake’s altitude is the lowest in the region, litter and rubbish picked up by the floods contaminated and remained in the rivers and the lake. more detail
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