With record numbers of applications this year for the European Outdoor Conservation Association’s (EOCA) funding round, the association is asking the public to get involved in helping decide which conservation projects to support in 2012. Following a total of 31,000 votes across Europe last year and 74 application for funding this year, EOCA is again working with several magazines, which will be showcasing the shortlisted projects and asking readers to choose the projects they feel are most deserving of funding. Divided into 3 categories – nature, outdoor and alpine, the public will be able to vote for one project in each category with the results being announced online during April, and officially announced, along with projects chosen by EOCA members in July. With 100% of funds raised going directly into conservation projects, EOCA and its members also hope by the summer to be able to announce the raising of its first €1 million since its inception just 6 years ago. For more information on the projects in each category and to vote, go to www.outdoorconservation.eu, where you can vote immediately,
Nature Category: National Geographic Germany
Outdoor Category: TGO (UK), Wider (France), LIFT/ Bike & Trekking (Netherlands)
Alpine Category: Alpin (Germany)
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.
The image shows the Kongu waterfall in Ivindo National Park, Gabon. Although the tropical forest along the Ivindo river and magnificent Kongou waterfall was declared a national park in 2003, its future is still uncertain unless consistent conservation activities can be put in place that can give the area an economic value in the eyes of the Gabonese government. It is proposed that regular wildlife surveys and the development of local wealth through tourism would add substantial economical value to the area, contributing to its preservation. Creation of new ecotourism opportunities through foot and bike trails and training of locals as guides, as well as surveys to assess the richness of the biodiversity of the primary forest would be carried out. See more at www.trusttheforest.org