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......
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?!