What is EOCA, what does it do? Want to know more?

Quick facts about EOCA:

  • Charity organisation started in 2006
  • Funded by membership and fundraising activities
  • Nearly 150 member companies, all from the European outdoor industry
  • Funds and enables conservation, protection and restoration of nature, wildlife and wild places
  • To date, 194 conservation projects funded in 65 countries around the world
  • Projects address the impacts of climate change and loss of nature
  • All projects have a link to outdoor enthusiasts, benefit local communities and leave a positive, lasting legacy

The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is a charity organisation working in partnership with companies in the outdoor and leisure sector, funded by membership and other fundraising activities.  Together, EOCA and its members fund and support conservation, protection and regeneration projects around the world.

A small team of four part-time people works for EOCA, supported by eight Board Members, all from within the outdoor industry, who volunteer their time to provide leadership and guidance.  EOCA also receives support from five Scientific Advisers, all experts within their specific fields of conservation, that provide invaluable knowledge and expertise during the shortlisting of projects.

Twice a year, in spring and autumn, EOCA holds a public vote that gives people the chance to help choose the next projects to receive funding.  All shortlisted projects have to meet strict criteria to be considered, such as: tackling climate change and loss of biodiversity; having a link to outdoor and nature enthusiasts; benefitting local communities within the project’s landscape; leaving a positive and lasting legacy.

To date, over €5.4 million has been committed to conservation, supporting 194 projects in 65 countries around the world.  In the last few years alone, EOCA’s funded projects have contributed to conservation in 750,000ha of landscape.

Applications for project funding open for two weeks, twice a year.  The projects that receive funding are varied in location and conservation focus.  They have included establishing biking routes to enhance protection of landscapes through ecotourism in Romania and South Africa; cleaning plastic pollution from environments with paddle boarders, hikers, surfers and skiers; restoring, replanting and protecting forests and wetlands in Scotland, Sweden, France, Indonesia, Spain; and conserving the habitats of bears in Italy and Spain, red squirrels in the UK, orangutans in Borneo and elephants in Thailand.

Take a look around the website to find out more about EOCA and the work it does, its members, team and projects.  We welcome new members, partners and supporters, conservation projects, or you can also support EOCA if you are an individual member of the public.

Working together we can do so much more to protect nature, the environment, and the great outdoors!