Two Million Tree Project - Public Fundraiser: Get involved!

To mark and celebrate EOCA being ten years old and having raised and given €2 million to conservation, the Association has launched an ambitious plan to plant / regenerate 2 million trees. 

As part of the 2 Million Tree Project, we are launching a project that anyone can get involved in - to help us raise more money for more trees and leave a legacy from the European outdoor industry and outdoor enthusiasts everywhere!
 
1,242,607 trees planted

Trees provide countless benefits including:

- Stability on slopes, reducing avalanches and landslides
- Protecting coastlines, reducing the impact of flooding, high tides and tsunamis
- Improving soils and providing income
- Providing habitat for huge amounts of wildlife
- Mitigating against climate change, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen
- Providing exciting and stunning wild places for outdoor enthusiasts

Since this target was launched in 2016, EOCA has committed to fund 6 new tree planting projects which together will plant a total of just over 1,000,000 trees. In addition, EOCA members The North Face, LOWA, Nikwax and Marmot have been planting trees of their own accord. More projects are being assessed and voted on for 2017 funding from EOCA.  In addition, Summit Member Original Buff,S.A. has committed to funding an additional project in Scotland to add to this total.  

To reach our 2 Million target, we have launched a public fundraiser to fund a project to plant another 80,000 trees in a hotspot destination for outdoor enthusiasts: Nepal.

Public Fundraiser: Another 80,000 trees!
This project, run by The Mountain Institute (TMI), is based in Nepal and will plant 80,000 trees in Nepal along 3 off-the-beaten track trekking trails. The area is degraded due to hunting, poaching, illegal timber and collection of medicinal and aromatic plants - made worse by the 2015 earthquakes and subsequent landslides. The project will establish nurseries, create a sustainable community resource to prevent further deforestation, train local people with new skills and knowledge for a more sustainable approach to natural resources, plant 80,000 native and locally grown saplings and strengthen the communities' potential to benefit from visiting trekkers and eco tourism.

So for every €1 donated, we will be able to plant another 2.5 trees for this degraded area! A donation of just €10 will plant another 25......

Two Million Tree Project Logo
Two Million Tree Project Logo
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This website / this page is taking donations as we speak and we need to raise the €30,000 the project needs to carry out its work. Help us reach our target by donating via PayPal. Just a small contribution will makes a big difference to this stunning area of Nepal, giving trekkers and other visitors the chance to see rare and endangered birds and animals and providing a safer, more secure future for the communities that live there.

If trees gave out free wifi (instead of 'just' oxygen), we would not be able to plant them quickly enough...... makes you think, doesn't it?!

 

Our Tree Projects

 
Aceh Regency, Indonesia
Funded: 2017
The Banda Aceh area is still struggling with the after effects of the 2004 tsunami. All of the mangroves were lost, resulting in lack of important shade, loss of habitat for small fish and therefore food and income for the villagers and seawater now comes onto the land making it impossible to grow crops
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Photo credit:Bouros George
Funded: 2017
The purpose of Asociatia pentru Conservarea Diversitatii Biologice (ACDB) is to support and promote biodiversity conservation activities, environmental education and environmental protection.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.
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TMI Project Area
Funded: 2016
RAISING FUNDS FOR THIS PROJECT NOW  -  PLEASE HELP VIA THE DONATE BUTTON

TMI The Mountain Institute is committed to protecting mountain environments and  improving the livelihoods of impoverished mountain people.  By conserving ecosystems and empowering the people in mountain communities, TMI ensures the preservation of resources – natural, cultural and spiritual – that are crucial to maintaining a healthy planet.
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Schiehallion. Credit John Muir Trust
Funded: 2017
The John Muir Trust is a UK conservation charity dedicated to protecting wild places. It works to restore the rich wildlife and habitats of wild land, helping native woodland and peatland to thrive. The Trust also campaigns for long term legal protection of wild land and educate people on conservation of these areas.
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School children planting trees
Funded: 2016
Yayasan Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI)’s mission is to improve both environmental and human health around Gunung Palung National Park, a 100,000 + hectare protected area of Borneo’s forests,  home to 5-10% of the world’s orangutans. Tying together healthcare and conservation initiatives to break the dangerous cycle of poverty, poor health and environmental destruction, ASRI engages with local communities to provide high quality, low-cost healthcare in exchange for a commitment to protect natural resources.
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Mount Kenya
Funded: 2016
Mount Kenya Trust (MKT) works to protect and conserve the forest, water and wildlife around Africa’s second highest mountain – Mount Kenya.  It strives to drive collaborative action for the sustainable management of Mt Kenya’s biodiversity and natural resources through partnership with government, communities and civil society.
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Taking wood to market
Funded: 2016
RIPPLE Africa is a small UK registered charity running grassroots projects in northern Malawi. These projects empower communities to achieve a sustainable future by providing a 'hand up' and not a 'hand out' RIPPLE Africa's strength is in working in partnership with local communities on a long-term basis to help them find simple, community-led solutions to environmental problems threatening their future.
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Root Bridges
Funded: 2016
WeForest, Making Earth Cooler, develops and implements large-scale landscape reforestation projects as a scalable solution for mitigating climate change, preserving biodiversity and alleviating poverty.
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Mangrove Devastation.  Credit Garth Cripps Blue Ventures
Funded: 2016
Blue Ventures is a marine conservation organisation that aims to rebuild tropical fisheries with the poorest coastal communities.  Founded in 2003, their work has evolved to incorporate a holistic, integrated approach to marine conservation, encompassing marine and fisheries management, sustainable coastal livelihoods, education and community health. 
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Lone winter pine.
Funded: 2016
Trees for Life has the goal of restoring the Caledonian Forest, and all its constituent species of flora and fauna to the Scottish highlands. It enlists volunteers of all ages in the practical work to achieve this, and promotes the work of restoration and increased support for the return of the forest.

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The grant from the EOCA kick started WLT’s support of a new and vital Elephant Corridor project from Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, northern India, where local communities, currently encountering conflict with Elephants and Tigers are very keen to be relocated. As well as providing vital funding for this project the EOCA grant leveraged match-funding from another WLT donor which is testament to the importance of the EOCA’s support.
John A Burton, CEO, World Land Trust