HybridCare Partner Highlight: European Outdoor Conservation Association

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Founded in 2006, the European Outdoor Conservation Association (formerly the EOG Association for Conservation) is an initiative from the European outdoor industry with the objective of protecting wild areas that it cares so passionately about. The outdoor industry recognises that preserving and protecting the natural environment is a core necessity and raises funds from within the industry to support direct projects. This Association is designed to harness the incredible power of our industry and to raise money to donate to grass roots conservation groups.

The EOCA is growing and with it so is the amount that the Association is able to grant to conservation projects.  In 2009 a funding milestone was reached when over EUR€500,000 had been awarded to projects. The Association has now funded 26 projects to the tune of €640,000 since it first started in 2006.

Current Projects

Bumblebee Conservation Trust – Pembrokeshire Bumblebee Path Project (UK)

Bumblebee Conservation Trust - Pembrokeshire Bumblebee Path Project (UK)

The UK’s bumblebees have suffered huge declines due to widespread habitat loss. Bumblebees are major pollinators of a majority of wildflowers and many agricultural crops. If they continue to disappear, plants will set less seed, causing sweeping changes with catastrophic knock-on effects for other wildlife. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was set up in 2006 with the purpose of halting and, if possible, reversing declines in bumblebee populations in the UK. More…

Protection of the Red-Footed Falcon, Bulgaria

Protection of the Red-Footed Falcon, Bulgaria

Protection of the Red-Footed Falcon, Bulgaria Organisation – The Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) works for the conservation of wild birds, sites and habitats important to their survival and for biodiversity as a whole. The Red-Footed Falcon has suffered a drastic decline in Bulgaria over the past decade. Colleagues in Hungary have stabilised and reversed the falling population, and projections show that this larger population will expand its range into Romania and Bulgaria. More…

New Virgin Forest Project, Czech Republic

New Virgin Forest Project, Czech Republic

With around 200 volunteers and managing over 50 hectares of ‘ecologically worthless’ land, Ĉmelák works to prove that no land is irredeemable through practical conservation work and environmental education. The aim is to buy a minimum of 100 hectares of land to develop as virgin forest whilst involving the public and local companies in practical field work. More…

Reconstruction of Gamsscharte, Eastern Alps

Reconstruction of Gamsscharte, Eastern Alps

The aims of the German Alpine Club (DAV) includes the advancement of sport, especially in the Alps and lower mountain ranges and the conservation of nature and the environment. The Gamsscharte is an important alpine passage in the Eastern Alps.  It connects Alpine refuges in the Tirol, Salzburg and Südtirol along the ‘Three Countries Trail’. Due to a receding glacier the passage has become dangerous and has had to be closed. The specialist reconstruction work, which involves the relocating of the path, is urgent, but also very difficult due to its inaccessible location, requiring extensive rock handling, complex securing arrangements and materials being flown in by helicopter. More…

Brown Bear Conservation, Northern Spain

Brown Bear Conservation, Northern Spain

Euronatur is a registered and well established non profit organisation. Following work to stabilise numbers and improve the habitat of the brown bear population in the western ranges of the Cantabrian Mountains, it is now important to improve the situation for the population in the eastern ranges. The project aims to increase the bears’ food supply, minimise the impact of hunting and poaching, monitor the status and development of the population and organise age-based educational activities.  More…

Makay Nature Project, Madagascar

Makay Nature Project, Madagascar

This new French conservation organisation, Naturevolution, aims to advise on the human, biological and landscape diversity all over the world, raising awareness of and combating environmental issues.  Project – Despite a record number of endemic plant and animal species, in just a century, Man has reduced 90% of Madagascar’s primary forest cover to cinders, putting the island on the world’s list of priorities for the preservation of its biodiversity. Thanks to its extraordinary and convoluted relief, the Makay mountain range has protected many different and endemic ecosystems. However, due to farming and bush fire practices, the biological and ecological richness will not be preserved for much longer and it is a matter of urgency to protect this threatened area. More…