In 2006, the EOG founded the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA), to harness the collective power of the outdoor industry in order to put money directly into grass roots projects and make a tangible difference to the world’s threatened wild areas, species and habitats. Today, we continue to support EOCA’s work as one of its Sustaining Members.
Every year, EOCA receives nominations for conservation projects to fund and then holds a public vote in order to choose which to assist. The first vote of 2015 is now underway here, with options in three categories – Nature, Outdoor and Alpine. There are some great projects on the lists, but the EOG is particularly keen to generate support and votes for an initiative in Madagascar that we nominated, which is promoting the appreciation and stewardship of a forest environment with teenagers.
Mark Held, EOG general secretary, comments: “We believe that this project is particularly worthy of support as it is aiming not only to preserve a hugely important habitat, but it also directly involves local young people, improving their engagement and appreciation of the value of nature, and getting them outdoors and active.”
You can read more about the Madagascar project and vote for it here. This year’s first round of EOCA voting runs until Monday 23rd March.