EOCA puts 100% of its membership fees into conservation projects, implemented by conservation organisations. It funds a broad range of conservation projects all around the world (except in North America where The Conservation Alliance does similar work). Every member can nominate up to 3 projects each funding round that they would like the Association to support and in addition, conservation organisations can apply directly for funding. A shortlist from all applications is then drawn up of the projects which best meet the Association's funding criteria and deliver the most conservation benefit. From this list, two votes are held, one with members and one with outdoor enthusiasts and the general public to decide which projects receive funding.
And the list goes on. And on.
Together we have repaired trails in the Eastern Tyrol and Scotland, protected raptors in Bulgaria and Georgia, brown bear in Spain and red squirrels in the UK. We have protected forests in Sweden and planted trees in Indonesia, India, Madagscar and Uganda. We have removed metal and plastic pollution from mountains and beaches in the alps, Kyrgystan, Nepal, the UK and Guatamala. And the list goes on. And on. And we have been operating since 2006. Imagine what we could look back on after 20 years. Thirty? What a difference we could have made. Just a drop in the ocean, you might say - but that drop is growing bigger every time a new member joins...
Please click on the tabs to the right to find about more about the application and voting processes, and to read about all of the projects which have in the past or are currently receiving funding from EOCA.
Over the last 17 years, the European Outdoor Conservation Association has funded 172 projects in 65 different countries, investing nearly €5 million in conservation! Here's to the next million...!