Alpine


This category contains those projects located in some of the tallest, steepest, coldest, most inaccessible and most breathtaking areas of the world. See below for the projects which are asking for your help in gaining support from the European Outdoor Conservation Association this year.
 
Please read though the details of the projects looking for your vote, and then select the one you would like to receive funding from EOCA this year. A difficult choice as they are all very worthwhile projects!

Voting in this category runs from 9 March (00.01 GMT) to 23 March (12.00 GMT) 2017.

 

Looking For Your Support

Jessa Belle Garibay

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Cleopatra’s Needle Restoration Project

Website: http://www.centreforsustainability.org

Cleopatra’s Needle is the third highest point on Palawan Island in the Philippines and a popular trekking and climbing destination. The site has approximately 85% of Palawan’s endemic species of mammals and birds, many of which are endangered. Despite bans on commercial logging in Palawan and the 41,000 hectares of primary forest recently being declared a Critical Habitat, threats still include illegal felling, charcoal production and agriculture. Visitors currently create their own trails in the forest. The project, run by the Centre for Sustainability, will create 10km of official, signed trail to a popular cave and waterfalls to keep visitors off fragile and sensitive habitats and allow vegetation to reestablish in eroded areas. It will strengthen alternative livelihood opportunities via tourism guiding for trekking, climbing and birding tours and plant 2,000 native trees. Native tree walks will help educate 100 locals about the importance of the forest and field guides and maps will be created for visitors.

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Photo credit:Bouros George

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Conserve and restore habitats for otters, Romania

Website: http://www.acdb.ro

The aim of this project is to conserve and restore aquatic habitats for otters in a protected area in the Vrancea mountains in the Carpathians of SE Romania by engaging local communities and outdoor enthusiasts. Asociatia pentru Conservarea Diversitatii Biologice will do this together with volunteers from the local community along 30km of the River Putna by monitoring the otter population, building 6 otter holts to encourage otters into areas where few signs of them are seen, identifying and protecting existing otter holts, planting 1000 native trees on the river banks, removing invasive species, and removing waste. The project will also raise awareness of the otters and their conservation by using the collected waste for art installations and raft building, providing workshops and training camps for children, installing 6 interactive information panels about the ecosystem conservation and marking up two 35km bike trails complete with information boards about the protected area and otters.

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photo credit: Oleksy

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Mauritian Fruit Bat - A Tool for Forest Regeneration. 

Website: http://www.eraindianocean.org

Mauritius has retained less than 1% of its quality primary forest and deforestation is ongoing. Ecosystem Restoration Alliance’s (ERA) mission is to restore the forests for their endemic species. Bats are vital keystone species in these forests, feeding on endemic plants and at the same time pollinating them and dispersing their seeds. Due to habitat limitations and deforestation, the bats are forced to feed off the island’s farmed fruit trees and so they are seen as major pests, resulting in a cull of over 30,000 animals in 2015 and 10,000 in 2016 as well as illegal persecution. Due to that the Mauritian fruit bat's IUCN status is under review and likely to be listed as Endangered. This project focuses on the restoration of 2 conservation priority areas, using species of plants preferred by bats. It will establish nurseries, remove invasive species and reforest. It will run educational workshops for local people and farmers to help them understand the importance of and limited threat posed by bats, and an educational trail with viewpoints over bat colonies will educate and inspire visitors and local school children.

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Sipi Community Self Help Tree Regeneration.

Website: none

The Sipi Hills, within Mount Elgon National Park in Uganda, have been exploited by the local community for charcoal and firewood. The trees also provide medicine and the forest is one of the main catchment areas for rivers into the Sote Swamp, an important habitat to several globally threatened species. Women Without Poverty (WOWIPO), a community self-help group wants to establish 2,500 fruit and native tree nurseries to support incomes and reforestation of the forest capped hills. 50,000 households will be provided with 5 saplings each, 2 mango for income and food, and three native trees to restore the natural forest, amounting to 250,000 trees. Training and advice on planting and maintaining seedlings will be provided. Traditional Leader Herbalists will provide the seeds free of charge and also establish a campsite and off-road bike trails in the Sipi Hills to provide alternative income to communities.

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If you are an individual who loves the great outdoors and would like to support our projects, please click the donate button below. During 2017, all money donated will fund tree planting in Nepal as part of our 2 Million Tree Project.
The funding is enabling us to repair a damaged section of the iconic Three Peaks long distance footpath and restore an area of internationally important upland habitat. Voting for our project was a simple but highly effective way for our supporters to show how strongly they felt about improving access and protecting the landscape of this wonderful area. Thank you , EOCA!
Don Gamble, Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust