Nature


Natural Landscapes, specific species and whole habitats looking for your vote.
 
Please read though the details below of the projects looking for your vote, and then select the one you would like to receive funding from EOCA.  A difficult choice as they are all very worthwhile projects!

Voting in this category runs from 22 September (00.01 GMT) - 6 October (23.59 GMT) 2014.
 

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Blue Team Waste Collectors

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Bins for Beaches, Kenya

Website: http://www.watamu.biz/watamu-community.php?cid=32

Watamu is part of Kenya’s first National Marine Park and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is rich in marine life with five species of endangered sea turtle, three of them nesting on Watamu Beaches. The area hosts resident and migratory populations of whales, dolphins, whale sharks and manta rays. Prevailing ocean currents, local poor waste management and lack of disposal facilities result in considerable amounts of waste washing up on shore or being dumped in the area, presenting threats to marine life, especially sea turtles. 100 waste bins will be provided along 7km of beach. Trained community ‘Blue Teams’ will sort and recycle the waste and all hotels, schools and community groups will receive some form of litter/recycling education and take part in beach cleans, ultimately with all plastic waste from businesses and residents being recycled for onward sale which will sustain operations and provide the Blue Teams with an income

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Sangai Deer

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Community Action to Protect the Sangai Deer, India

Website: http://www.cdomanipur.in

The endangered Sangai deer is found only in Manipur and in the marshy wetlands of the floating park at the southern end of Loktak Lake. This is the largest fresh water lake in Eastern India, one of seven Ramsar sites of international importance. The deer is threatened by poaching, fishing activities, reduction in food, inbreeding and disease, flooding of habitat and drowning. This project will prevent encroachment and overexploitation of habitat resources and poaching through environmental education progammes. It will address Sangai food shortages caused by flooding in rainy seasons by planting food plants at higher areas in the park, reduce drowning during flood through construction of dry shelters or patches at elevated locations and vaccination of deer for communicable diseases and treatment sick animals. Finally, 4 watch towers will be constructed within the habitat to enable volunteers and tourists to watch the deer and identify any dangers and poaching activities.

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Tigress

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Community based conservation of tiger habitat, India

Website: http://www.corbettfoundation.org

More than half of the wild tiger’s worldwide population is found in India’s 47 tiger reserves, including the famous Bandhavargh Tiger Reserve. Over 100,000 visitors annually come to Bandhavgarh to see them Reserve to see them. The buffer zone around the reserve keeps the pressures of local communities away from critical tiger habitat and provides habitat to ‘spill over’ tigers from the core zones. However, forest resources here are under immense pressure from overgrazing, overharvesting and degradation, which has led to the spread of invasive plant species. Littering of non-biodegradable waste is also a problem. This project will encourage cattle stall feeding and construct 10 biogas plants and 1000 energy efficient stoves to reduce the need for firewood and control grazing. Water holes will be created in the forest so that tigers have access to water in dry periods, keeping them away from human habitation, minimising human conflict. Invasive species such as Lantana will be removed from 125 ha and responsible tourism will be promoted by creating a 3km trail with 20 information boards and the installation of rubbish bins.

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Angel Shark.  Image © Carlos Suarez, Oceanos de Fuego

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Conservation of Angels, Canary Islands

Website: http://www.zsl.org/angelsharks

The critically endangered angel shark, once widespread throughout Europe’s seas, are now extinct from much of their historic range. One last stronghold remains in the Canary Islands, however a rapidly expanding sportfishing community using lethal handling techniques is threatening their survival. This project will work closely with the sportfishing community in the Canary Islands, designing a best practice guide to catch and release, enabling sportfishers to conserve this charismatic shark. Sportfishers will also be recruited as ‘citizen scientists’ and trained to tag 50 angel sharks, revealing the movements of this secretive species around the archipelago for the first time. Finally, the project will work with thousands of divers inspiring them to actively help conservation by submitting angel shark sightings to the Poseidon Programme. This data will be used to identify critical angel shark habitats, ensuring the survival of the angel shark in Europe.  Image credit: Carlos Suarez, Oceanos de Fuego

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Manta Birostris. Image: Mark Harding

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Conservation of Giant Manta Rays, Peru

Website: http://www.facebook.com/planetaoceano

The Giant Manta Ray is an iconic species threatened with extinction. What is believed to be one of the world’s most significant populations of these rays migrates seasonally from Ecuador, where they are legally protected, into northern Peru, where they are not. Here, research has highlighted that unmanaged and unmonitored fishing harvests a large proportion of pregnant females, suggesting the presence of an important reproduction area and nursery habitat in Peruvian waters. This finding heightens the urgency for protection of this site as Giant Mantas have an extremely slow reproductive rate. This project aims to protect the Giant Manta Rays in Peru by conducting research to identify the most critical habitats which in turn will encourage protection of the species by local authorities. Training courses will also provide an alternative source of income for artisanal fishermen through the development of Manta Ray ecotourism. Finally, education and outreach, including workshops at local schools will ensure community engagement and support for protecting Manta Rays.

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Gangetic Dolphin.  Image Udayan Borthadur

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Restoration of important habitats for the Gangetic Dolphin, India

Website: http://www.aaranyak.org

There are 635 endangered Ganges River Dolpin in the Brahmaputra river system of India. These dolphins are highly threatened by deliberate and accidental killing, over fishing and habitat degradation. This project will address habitat degradation, which happens through destruction of riparian vegetation as well as pollution from domestic waste, oil, grease and rubbish from passenger and tourist boats. Dolphin habitat restoration training will be given to 60 community youths from the 30 most important dolphin habitats along a 100 km stretch of river. This training will be followed by organised restoration activities in these habitats with active involvement of local communities; focusing on cleaning up waste in the river and riparian vegetation restoration in the river bank. Guidelines will be developed and regular monitoring processes will be established with local communities to prevent further habitat degradation and maintain the cleanliness of these important dolphin habitats.

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