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  1. What is ‘Minimal Impact’?

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    In a nutshell, minimal impact is about striving consistently to reduce the damage we cause to the natural environment in our outdoor pursuits. As well as following good practice in our recreational activities, it’s also about behaving responsibly with consideration to others, respecting seasonal and occasional restrictions to areas in the longer-term interests of the landscape, flora, fauna and birdlife.

    It is, of course, also the weight of numbers that can affect an area. In loving it we set the seeds for destroying what we cherish. The popular motto ‘Leave nothing but footprints’ is perhaps better revised these days to ‘Leave nothing but shadows’. As far as litter goes, then there is no acceptable alternative to ‘Pack it in, pack it out’. ‘Good practice’ meaning going beyond the theory of caring to the practical implementation of strategies to protect and conserve the land.

    With care and consideration the outdoor environment can soak up a great deal of use by varied groups of enthusiasts. When areas suffer from over-use, thoughtlessness and lack of consideration, it allows arguments to be made to limit access and control numbers by regulation as well as, of course, causing damage to ecosystems. Good practice allows the land an opportunity to recover even from the weight of numbers.

    Whatever your focus on the outdoors, play your part in conserving, defending and enjoying the landscapes we love.

    To access the Countryside Code –

    For the situation in Scotland, check out the Scottish Outdoor Access Code –

    Access and conservation go hand in hand and are key elements of the work of the BMC ( in England &Wales and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. (

  2. Vote For Conservation Projects!

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    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, 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

  3. British Mountaineering Council Relaunch Charity

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    BMC Access & Conservation Trust Enters New Era

    The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) has restructured, revitalised and relaunched its charity – the BMC Access and Conservation Trust (ACT) – which funds projects to protect our cliffs and mountains. The BMC is now raising the profile of the charity in order to help identify new projects to fund and to generally boost support. ACT has helped fund worthwhile projects in the mountains for over ten years yet it is not widely recognised as the BMC’s charity. It is hoped ACT’s new identity (including a new logo and publicity material) plus a new online donation facility will make it easier for people to support its valuable work for years to come.

    BMC CEO Dave Turnbull said, “ACT funds some fantastic projects to protect our mountains that we as climbers and walkers all benefit from. Projects range from footpath improvement and erosion control in the UK to litter picks on Everest. There is still a clear need for the financial support offered by ACT so we are committed to raising its profile and increasing the number of initiatives we support each year.”

    ACT supports the BMC’s work by funding a wide range of practical projects including:

    • Practical crag and footpath restoration
    • Mountain recreation and conservation research
    • Sustainable transport initiatives
    • Campaigns for your countryside rights
    • Crag and mountain information and guidance

    These projects complement and add to the BMC’s own access & conservation work. New for 2011, ACT is also funding a BMC research grant initiative for postgraduate students working on projects that benefit climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers.

    The BMC is encouraging people to support ACT in a variety of ways:

    • Give a donation or leave a legacy –
    • Buy a limited edition print – he BMC has commissioned artist and guidebook illustrator Phil Gibson to produce a limited edition print of the BMC-owned cliff Craig Bwlch y Moch, Tremadog. Each of the 100 prints will be individually signed by Tremadog pioneers Joe Brown, Ron Fawcett and Eric Jones. These will soon be available to buy via the BMC online shop- – or by calling the BMC on 0161 445 6111.
    • Suggest a project for ACT to support.
    • Join ACT on Facebook.

    There’s also a chance to win one of the unique limited edition prints. For every £5 donated, supporters will be entered into a prize draw (i.e. a £20 donation gets your name in the hat 4 times). The draw will be made at the Kendal Mountain Festival in November 2011.

    Further information about ACT is available at


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