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Please read through the details below of the projects looking for your vote. Select the project that you would like to receive funding from EOCA. 

Voting in this category runs from 5th October (00.01 GMT) to 19th October (12.00 GMT) 2015.

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African Penguin.  Image Francois Louw

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Burghers Walk Project

Website: http://www.sanccob.co.za

The African penguin is the only penguin species to naturally occur on the African continent and is listed as endangered. It was once one of South Africa’s most abundant seabirds, but has suffered a massive population decline due to egg collection and guano harvesting in the past, and severe food shortages, oil spills and human disturbance today. Over the last century, the population has declined from 1 million breeding pairs to 19 284 pairs recorded in South Africa in 2015, of which 3 069 individuals are found in the Simon’s Town/Boulders area where the project is located. Protecting and managing a key colony area for the species is vital to its survival. This project rescues abandoned eggs and chicks and ill, injured or oiled penguins in order to rear and release them back in the wild. It provides a healthy and safe breeding ground for the penguins by controlling invasive plant species and soil erosion, as well as maintaining fences and boardwalks to keep disturbance by people and dogs to a minimum.

In the forest

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From logging and poaching to adventure and tourism, West Sumatra

Website: http://www.tomcorcoran.org

Indonesia’s tropical forests are disappearing faster than any other forests on earth. The Gamaran Protected Forest in West Sumatra hosts a myriad of wildlife, wild rivers, waterfalls and expansive cave systems. It is a potential hotspot for outdoor enthusiasts and a critical link to the local community conservation vision. The current threats to the forest include poaching and illegal logging to supply wood for building, brick firing and illegal export. There is a strong drive amongst the local communities to develop alternative livelihoods that nurture the forest and support their local economy, cultural values, language and ancient traditions. This project will train local poachers and illegal forest workers and their families in biocultural diversity tourism, hospitality and conservation management. New trails and adventure activities will be developed in the forest buffer zone to attract outdoor enthusiasts to the area and bring in alternative income streams. The project will also enable reforestation and promote agro-forestry.

White Lauan Seedling

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Improvement of the Bohol Biodiversity Complex, Philippines

Website: http://swcfi.blogspot.com

Based on Bohol Island in the Philippines, this project concentrates on the conservation of 16 species of native, threatened Dipterocarpus trees whose locations have been reduced to forest fragments. The main threats to the forest are the planting of exotic, faster reproducing species, habitat loss due to urbanization, agriculture expansion, illegal timber extraction, shortage of Dipterocarpus planting materials and inadequate knowledge about the importance, conservation and sustainable management of these species. The Bohol Biodiversity Complex will produce 20,000 seedlings to be used in restoration planting in at least 40 hectares, and run field trips to collect more seeds and wildlings. In addition the visitor (hikers and birders) experience will be augmented through the development of a new campsite, upgrading trails, training of guides, encouraging locals to grow their own vegetables for use in the complex and trips by school students who will return and establish mini native tree reserves in their own grounds.

Community Tree Planting

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Ocelots, Anacondas, and the Broad Headed Spiny Rat, Paraguay

Website: http://www.paralatierra.org

Reserva Natural Laguna Blanca (RNLB) is Paraguay’s most visited nature reserve, home to many globally threatened species and located at the frontier of 2 biodiversity hotspots – the Cerrado and the Atlantic Forest. It’s subject to habitat degradation, deforestation, and a rapidly growing population with a lack of environmental education. Close to the reserve, heavy deforestation is displacing mammals such as ocelots, which are now looking for a home at RNLB. Reforestation will help accommodate the increase in fauna with nowhere else to go. While RNLB offers visitors the chance to interact with nature, their presence can be damaging to keystone species such as the Spiny Rat. New walkways and viewing towers will help engage visitors while protecting vulnerable habitats. To combat negative attitudes to wildlife, including the endangered anaconda, an education programme will teach people of the importance of the local wildlife and why it needs conserving, hosting the first environmentally focused summer camps in Paraguay.

San Martin titi monkey

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Walking with the San Martin titi monkey

Website: http://www.monotocon.org

The critically endangered arboreal titi monkey (mono tocón) is endemic to the San Martin region in the upper Peruvian Amazon rainforest. It has a small distribution range and is limited to lowland areas. Its main habitat is small fragments of secondary forest located amongst agricultural land and the main threats to this species are the expansion of legal and illegal agriculture, deforestation, being hunted for meat and the illegal pet trade. With agreement of landowners, the project will create a 7km long ecological corridor between two of the most important protected areas in the region, one of which is increasingly becoming an international birding hotspot. This will enable the monkeys to travel between the forest fragments as well as provide a route for walkers, runners and cyclists. The project will raise awareness locally about the value and economic benefits of the biodiversity, reforest priority areas with 5,000 seedlings, and run workshops on forest management.

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