Pacsafe and Osprey Europe Top Out as Summit Members of EOCA!

Release date: 12 June 2014

The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is delighted to announce that both Osprey Europe and Pacsafe have each committed to sponsor a conservation project through EOCA, and so become Summit Members. Through tailor-made environmental giving programmes provided by the Association, they will be providing invaluable funding for hands-on conservation of species of particular relevance to their organisations.
 
Sea Turtle Conservation (photo credit Widecast)
Sea Turtle Conservation (photo credit Widecast)

Pacsafe, whose logo incorporates a turtle, has committed $20,000 to a project that will address the threats to the Leatherback, Green and Hawksbill turtles on the remote Pacuare beach in Costa Rica. Measures will include habitat restoration, beach patrols, an egg hatchery and education.

Osprey Europe, leaders in innovative backpacks, have committed €28,800 to support Bird Conservation Georgia’s project to address the threat of hunting to over one million raptors which migrate through the foothills of the Lesser Caucasus in Georgia each migration season. This innovative project aims to make it easier to access and enjoy the spectacle of the birds’ migration, and support and educate local people in how to promote bird watching and eco-tourism as an alternative to hunting.

Rob Wylie, Managing Director of Osprey Europe said “Having made the decision to put a significant amount of money into the conservation of threatened species and habitats, we were delighted to be presented with a project so appropriate to our brand and of such importance. EOCA’s expertise in researching and vetting projects has been key for us in deciding to fund a project through them.”

Magnus McGlashan, Managing Director of Pacsafe added ‘ Having recently established The Pacsafe® Turtle Fund for the benefit of turtle conservation, we were excited when EOCA suggested the Latin American Sea Turtle (LAST) project to us as a worthwhile project looking for funding. As well as financing the project, we were very active in significantly raising the profile of the project when it first took part in the EOCA public vote. Our efforts amongst other things, resulted in a letter of support being received by the project from the then President of Costa Rica.”

 
Spotting Raptors, Georgia.  (photo credit Kelle Melle)
Spotting Raptors, Georgia. (photo credit Kelle Melle)

Catherine Savidge, Joint General Manager of EOCA said “We are delighted that Pacsafe and Osprey Europe have both decided to sponsor a project through the Association. We get many requests for funding of vitally important conservation projects each year and it is very rewarding to be able to match worthwhile projects with forward- thinking companies committed to putting something back into outdoor environments. We are proud to reward their tremendous commitments and contributions with Summit Membership status of EOCA.”

EOCA provides a service free of charge, to research, assess and approve projects on behalf of individual members interested in funding entire projects. The Association then manages the project and its payments to ensure all agreed-upon objectives are delivered. Progress made by the project is reported back to the funding member. This service enables members to support projects which are checked and closely monitored on their behalf, and match their company ethos, without needing to invest time or expertise in-house.

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