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!

This category of projects is also being supported by Alpin and you can visit their website, read about the projects in German and vote here.

Voting in this category runs from 16 March (00.01 GMT) to 30 March (12.00 BST) 2015.

 

Looking For Your Support

Condors in flight. Photo credit Francisco Sornoza. Antisanilla

Nominated by:

Andean Condor monitoring and wetland restoration, Ecuador

Website: http://www.worldlandtrust.org

The Antisanilla Biological Reserve has recently been established in the northern Andes of Ecuador. It is managed by the Jocotoco Foundation, an NGO dedicated to the conservation of threatened birds and their habitats which is securing permanent protection of land throughout the country. This reserve protects approximately 10,000 acres of paramo (high alpine grasslands), wetlands and remnants of high Andean flora. It harbours many rare and endemic species of animals and plants and safeguards an important source of water for Ecuador’s capital city, Quito. The cliffs within the reserve are home to the largest population of Andean Condors north of Peru, with over 50% of Ecuadorean condors nesting there. Particular focus will be on the monitoring and protection of the condors as well as the Andean Ibis. As a result of hundreds of years of overgrazing, fires and illegal hunting, the land is seriously degraded and restoration of natural habitat is urgently needed. Funds will be used to restore the wetlands and create lagoons in 74 acres by reducing drainage, increasing water flow to the wetlands as well as fencing the areas to protect them from encroachment. Other crucial work will include the restoration of native flora (using remnant plant and seed sources). Ecotourism initiatives in the reserve will include the building of observation hides and trails to enable visitors from nearby Quito and further afield to enjoy the landscape and wildlife. Local communities will be employed for a variety of roles on the reserve.

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Red Panda in Batase Forest

Nominated by:

Conserving Red Pandas,  Nepal

Website: http://redpandanetwork.org/

The Red Panda is an indicator of healthy subalpine forests. The Kanchenjunga Singhalila Complex (KMC) in Eastern Nepal and the Panchthar-llam-Taplejung (PIT) corridor support 25% of the red panda population of Nepal. However the PIT corridor is not protected and there is pressure from livestock grazing, exploitation of fuel wood collection and encroachment by locals which has led to the degradation and fragmentation of the habitat, resulting in the isolation of panda populations. This will be addressed by assessing the quality of the red panda habitat, developing a management plan for the area and training Community Forest User Groups in forest fire management. 250 households will be supported in red panda conservation, including red panda monitoring, organic farming methods, training of 10 nature guides and 20 households in tourism provision and promoting stall feeding of cattle. Finally, 3500 locals will be educated on the values of conserving broad leaf forests through promotional material, a media campaign, events and a school outreach campaign.

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Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot

Nominated by:

Parrots & People, Trees & Trails! Bonaire

Website: http://www.echobonaire.org

On the Caribbean island of Bonaire the endangered Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot inhabits an equally endangered dry-forest. After felling nearly every tree, early European settlers introduced goats and donkeys. What remains is an uninviting thorny forest heading towards desertification. Through this project, Echo will restore Bonaire's dry-forest and safeguard the parrot’s future through tackling the biological and social threats that underpin the current situation. Rare native trees will be propagated and planted out in fenced herbivore-exclusion areas. This short-term strategy will jump start reforestation, while government led projects start to control feral herbivores. To ensure the sustainability of habitat restoration, the perceived value of the dry forest will be increased among local people and “the outdoors” will be made easily accessible by developing a network of enjoyable trails for different abilities. Specifically the project seeks funding to restore Bonaire’s dry-forest through the planting 20,000 trees in 11 one hectare herbivore exclusion areas and private gardens, create 17km of marked trails through the remaining areas of forest and through the restoration areas, build a trailhead meeting point and picnic area, stimulate trail use and maintenance by the outdoor community, and support the training of local nature guides.

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An Egyptian Vulture. Photo credit Svetoslav Spasov, BSPB

Nominated by:

The Brotherhood of the Phoenix

Website: http://www.birds.bg

A cultural icon, worshipped across many cultures around the world, the Egyptian vulture has declined by 80% in Bulgaria over the last few decades and its numbers are declining globally. The Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) has developed a long-term strategy to prevent its extinction in Bulgaria, one of the raptor’s last strongholds in the Balkans and a link between the still viable populations of the Iberian and Asian vultures. BSPB’s ‘The Brotherhood of the Phoenix’ project aims to eliminate the most significant threats to Egyptian vultures – human disturbance and accidental poisoning. Project activities include guarding the five most vulnerable nests during the breeding season and securing safe food by establishing vulture restaurants. By staging a vulture exhibition and creating some new outdoor trails to keep people at a safe distance, the project intends to raise awareness about potential disturbance to nests. Enhancing visitor facilities will bring visitors to the area, reinforcing Madzharovo’s status as the ‘capital city of vultures’. Finally, the project will engage with local communities in order to reduce egg poaching and decline due to harmful farming practices. Eventually, it is hoped that the project will allow the safe return of the Phoenix.

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Cairn Restoration

Nominated by:

Wildfjords Restoration, Iceland

Website: http://www.wildfjordsrestoration.org

The project is located in Iceland’s wild and mountainous West Fjords region, a landscape of rugged rock and steep sided fjords. Though retaining its wild character, land use has dramatically altered the ecology, with approximately 95% of the original forest cover removed, wetlands drained for farmland and non-native tree species planted. Increasing tourism also threatens the region’s sensitive flora. Working with local partners, the project will restore native boreal birch forests via propagating and planting 10,000 native tree seedlings, which will support lichen, insect and fungi populations. Internationally important waterfowl wetlands will also be restored by filling in ditches, and ancient cairns will be mapped and restored in a newly proposed national park, Látrabjarg. Cairn restoration will create a network of walking trails while ensuring impact on fragile habitats is kept to a minimum. The project will create an integrated management plan between public and private sectors, prioritising bio-diversity, and will offer an alternative to current decision making procedures

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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