At the end of a nearly six-month selection process, the EUROPEAN OUTDOOR CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION (EOCA) has announced that €180,000 has just been committed to four new conservation projects in four different countries.
For the autumn funding round, non-profit organisations could apply for funding from EOCA of up to €60,000 for specific nature conservation projects. Following receipt of over 250 applications, EOCA carried out a thorough selection process to shortlist those which best matched its funding criteria and which delivered the most impact on the ground.
The association’s panel of Scientific Advisers were, as ever, on hand with their expertise in different areas of conservation to guide the decision making process. EOCA then held two votes on its new website to select which of the projects received funding. Firstly, following a tense online public vote, the general public selected two projects:
- Rewilding Yu: Reconnecting People with Nature to Save Tigers, Malaysia
- Be wild and rewild the mountains in the Cape Floral Kingdom, South Africa
Following the public vote, EOCA members then had the opportunity to vote for their favourite projects and chose a further two:
- It’s Up To Us! – An Teallach, Scotland.
- Metamorphosis: saving Transylvania’s rare butterflies in a recreational landscape
Details of these projects as well as all the other projects supported by EOCA and its members during 2023 can be found HERE. In total, EOCA committed €390,000 to new conservation projects during the year. An additional €164,500 was committed by Summit Members during the year – EOCA members who support their own projects through EOCA, with EOCA managing the projects on their behalf. In total, therefore, over half a million Euros of funding was committed by EOCA and its members to vital conservation projects during the year.
Catherine Savidge, General Manager at EOCA said “The process of selecting which projects receive funding is a stringent one, taking many months. We are delighted that the projects selected are varied in their locations, habitat types and methodologies, but all have the same focus of conserving important, threatened and beautiful biodiversity.”
The European Outdoor Conservation Association is an initiative from the European outdoor industry with the objective of protecting the wild areas it cares so passionately about. It’s designed to harness the incredible power of the outdoor industry and to raise money to donate to grassroots conservation groups.
EOCA is funded by membership fees and other fundraising activities within the outdoor sector. Membership is open to anyone that can demonstrate an involvement in the European outdoor leisure sector. From January 2015, a select group of ‘Sustaining Members’ pledged their support to EOCA by committing to fund the sustainable growth of the organisation with an extra €10,000 per year over and above their annual membership fee.
This money is being used to help finance the Association’s core running costs, supporting its sustainable growth, and has enabled a move to 2 funding rounds per year. The current EOCA Sustaining Members are: PERTEX, KEEN FOOTWEAR, THE NORTH FACE, NIKWAX, STANLEY, OSPREY and the EUROPEAN OUTDOOR GROUP (EOG), which is also the Founder Member of the association.