This category contains those projects looking to restore, protect or enhance forest habitats around the world.  For wildlife and for people.
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!

Voting in this category runs from 9 March (00.01 GMT) to 23 March (12.00 GMT) 2018.


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10,000 native trees for Froxán Community, Spain


The 100 hectare Froxán Commons in Galicia was the first Indigenous and Community Conserved Area (ICCA) to enter the World Database on Protected Areas after going through a national peer-review process and has been the focus of rewilding and restoration work. It includes a diversity of important habitats, including temperate forests and heathlands. It is also a Special Interest Landscape Site and allows visitors spectacular views of two estuaries from the mountain crest. However, it is threatened by invasive exotic tree species that are hard to eradicate and which increase the risk of fire and reduce biodiversity. Involving the local community, this project will remove Acacia and Eucalyptus trees over 20 hectares and plant 10,000 native trees to restore natural woodlands. 4 hectares of wet heath will be restored through the removal of drainage ditches and the propagation of heather and other species. Finally, a circular 8 km trail will be installed for locals and visitors to enjoy the area.

Mother and Baby. Photo: Bain

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Conserving Orangutan Habitat by Preventing Forest Fires, Borneo


The overall goal of this project is to prevent the loss of protected peat swamp forest, habitat of the critically endangered orangutan, from fire. It will focus on two protected areas, in Central Kalimantan which lost 103,000 hectares to fire in 2015. It will do this by reducing the likelihood that fires will be used through a community awareness campaign and by extinguishing any small fires that are started before they can spread by providing training and equipment to the local authorities, communities, and Orangutan Foundation staff. EOCA funding will be used to create and distribute an awareness campaign ‘Stop kebakaran hutan dan lahan‘ (Stop forest and land fires). It will focus on the negative socio-economic impacts of fires including tourism losses and health costs. Funding will provide annual specialist fighting fire training during the dry season to Orangutan Foundation and local authority staff. It will buy equipment for use by the Orangutan Foundation forest patrol staff in the National Park and for the villagers that are close to the Reserve, who attend the firefighting training.

Mum and Baby!

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Conserving the red-bellied guenon, Southern Bénin


The Gnanhouizounmè forest is a mosaic of dense forest, gallery forests and swamps and one of the last refuges of the red-bellied monkey and other rare and endangered mammals and birds in Benin. The forest is fragmented into about 20 patches due to human activities. 2 patches have been chosen by the local communities to concentrate protection efforts on and a local forest management committee has been set up using people from each of the 5 districts of the village. The project aims to develop alternative livelihoods for villagers in order to take the pressure of the forest and will train 40 families in snail farming and bee keeping. A community led nursery will provide 25,000 fast growth trees for fuel, construction and to sell, in 10 hectares of land. 25 local people will be trained on how to use clean cook stoves and these in turn will hold community meetings to train further numbers of families. Education to mitigate human-primate conflict will be concentrated on school children to foster affection for primates and towards nature and wildlife and will include a green for locals and tourists. Strengthening of buffer zones will continue through the reforestation of 10 hectares of degraded forest with 16,000 local species, providing fruit for primates.

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Smithills - creating a resilient landscape, UK


Standing proud, to the north of Bolton, and visible on the skyline of Manchester, the 690 hectare (1706 acre) Smithills Estate lies on the southern edge of the West Pennine Moors. It is a classic example of an upland ecosystem which has fallen into serious decline through exploitation, damage and neglect.  The estate has always been rich in wildlife, but beloved species such as the brown hare, lapwing and common lizard are all falling in numbers. The vision for Smithills Estate is to restore this degraded landscape to become wildlife-rich and resilient, able to adapt to and cope with current and future threats such as climate change, pests and diseases, and to provide people in the area with a wide range of services and benefits. With EOCA funding, The Woodland Trust will undertake a programme of tree planting activity, buffering existing woodland and providing new homes for a huge range of wildlife. These trees will be some of the first planted in the recently announced Northern Forest, where the Woodland Trust is working with the Community Forests to plant over 50 million trees over 25 years stretching from Liverpool in the west across to Hull in the East. In addition to conservation activity, a wide-ranging programme of recreational activities, learning and volunteering opportunities and new and improved visitor facilities will enable local people to engage with Smithills and experience the outdoors.

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If you are an individual who loves the great outdoors and would like to support our projects, please click the donate button below. During 2017, all money donated will fund tree planting in Nepal as part of our 2 Million Tree Project.
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