The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is inviting proposals on the plastic clean up projects; on beaches, rivers, lakes, mountains and trails - alongside and other conservation projects.

EOCA defines an outdoor enthusiast as anyone who visits non-urban 'wild' environments, be it to walk, hike, explore, climb, canoe, swim, scuba dive, bird watch etc.

The two main areas that must be addressed in application are:

  • Protect, enhance or restore threatened key species, habitats or broader ecosystems in ‘wild’ areas
    • EOCA defines ‘wild’ areas as non-urban environments and ecosystems occurring in as natural a state as possible, given the area’s location and use. This may include for example moorland, hills, mountains, coasts, rivers, forest, grassland, peatland and ocean areas. ‘Key’ species, habitats or ecosystems are defined here as those which are threatened, those which play a ‘keystone’ function, or those which are indicators of broader ecosystem health*.
    • The project must identify and address the key threats to the species, habitats or broader ecosystems, and how it will protect and /or enhance them. Innovative solutions to ‘old’ problems will be especially welcome!
  • Consider the needs of the outdoor enthusiast
    • As highlighted above, the project must enhance the experience of outdoor enthusiasts as well as protecting the identified species, habitat or broader ecosystem from any negative impact by their visits. Projects may, for example, enhance a visitor’s experience by protecting a threatened species they might then see, or protect an area by ensuring trails / rock faces / waterways and /or associated information / education keeps visitors from damaging fragile habitats or disturbing vulnerable wildlife.
  • Non profit organisations can apply to EOCA for grants to implement a conservation project in any country around the world except North America (US and Canada - where the Conservation Alliance provides funding for conservation efforts from the North American outdoor industry).
  • Project applications are shortlisted according to their ability to meet EOCA's criteria for funding. Using this criteria, the shortlist of projects is drawn up at the sole discretion of the General Managers, the Scientific Advisors and EOCA's Board of Directors. The General Managers will seek further advice from EOCA’s Scientific Advisors if required. Due to the many diverse nationalities making up the whole panel, all applications must please be written in English.
  • The projects to successfully win funding will be chosen from the shortlist via a public vote and an EOCA's members vote. The public vote is held in conjunction with a range of national magazines throughout Europe.
  • Members of EOCA can nominate up to three projects (from different, or the same organisations) each year.
  • Project applications must:
    • protect a threatened species or habitat;
    • have a link to the outdoor enthusiast; and
    • involve hands-on practical conservation work.
How to Apply

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