Mountain


Projects with altitude! ....This category contains those projects located in some of the tallest, steepest, coldest, most inaccessible and most breathtaking areas of the world.
 
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 4 October (00.01 GMT+1) to 18 October (12.00 GMT+1) 2017.

If you would like to read about and vote on this category of projects in Italian, please go onto Mountainblog's website HERE.
 

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Conserving South Africa’s Endangered Cranes

Website: http://www.ewt.org.za

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photo credit: Francesco Culicelli

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Let's take action for the Bear, Italy

Website: http://www.salviamolorso.it/en/

The Marsican bear population is 50-60 individuals and considered Critically Endangered by the IUCN. Located in the Central Apennines, the subspecies of the brown bear is considered a wildlife symbol of the area in the mountain, woodland and prairie habitats in which it lives. However, human-caused mortality is still high due to conflict with bears and livestock, retaliation poaching, disturbance through human activities, habitat fragmentation, old fencing and barriers hampering bear movements, health problems caused by diseases caught from livestock and pets and vehicle-bear collisions. This project will prune abandoned fruit trees to allow better access and more food for the bears, set up 672 acoustic and optical wildlife warning reflectors along an 11.2km stretch of the main road that passes through the area which will make a noise when car lights reach them to scare the bears away, remove 4km of old and abandoned barbed wire and fencing from mountain areas to promote easier movement of the bears to new areas and improve the landscape, restore and improve signage on 3 trails in the area to prevent hikers wandering off trails getting lost and disturbing bears in their dens or natural habitat.

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Andean Bear.  Image A Leon

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Protecting Andean Bear Habitat, Ecuador

Website: http://www.maquipucuna.org

Maquipucuna Reserve is the core of the Andean Bear Corridor and a critical foraging area for the species as well as dozens of other threatened species.   The 5,700 hectare Reserve, which is surrounded by 14,000 hectares of protected forest is a critical seasonal feeding site and hosts the largest concentration of Andean bears in the Ecuadorian Andes. The bear itself is considered a keystone species for plant community structure through seed dispersal, particularly of wild avocados.  However the population is threatened by habitat loss provoked by proximity to Quito, increasing demands of agricultural products and timber, a state mining programme, poaching and human-bear conflict. Bear sightings have transformed the area into a unique life-time experience for outdoor enthusiasts and the long history of supporting successful community conservation projects has motivated the involvement of local communities, authorities and researchers and the Municipality of Quito to issue a Municipal decree to create a Spectacled Bear Corridor of 65,000ha. Fundación Maquipucuna will design a new trail system to maximise chances of seeing bears while keeping impact to a minimum, enhance bear habitat via collection of seeds, planting out of 1,000 avocado saplings on relevant sites, and carrying out education programmes about bears and the laws that protect them.

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Image Andre Botha

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Raptor SOS (Save Our Scavengers), South Africa

Website: http://www.ewt.org.za

Vultures are Africa’s only large, obligate scavengers, feeding exclusively on carrion. They play a critical role in maintaining working ecosystems. Yet in southern Africa, vultures face the very real threat of extinction – in just over a decade some populations have plummeted by nearly 80%. Pressures on vultures are increasing incessantly, and have recently driven three African species to be considered critically endangered, and two as endangered, globally. Major culprits precipitating these losses include poisoning and habitat loss, that conspire to drive numbers down in the mountainous regions of southern Africa they call home. The provision of supplementary food at feeding sites, known as ‘vulture restaurants’, provides a simple and effective conservation solution. This project will establish these restaurants at priority sites to stabilise and sustain populations of these iconic African scavengers. The restaurants will allow scientific monitoring of vulture numbers, while providing a platform to promote, educate and raise vulture awareness. We will establish bird-hides at each restaurant for hikers, birders, wildlife enthusiasts and photographers to gain a unique close-up perspective of these charismatic raptors. We also plan to develop local tourist guides, promoting ecotourism, as well as strengthening and empowering local communities to support conservation efforts and ensure a safer future for the continent's vultures.

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Sustainable Livelihoods and Tourism, Cambodia

Website: https://www.wildlifealliance.org/

Covering 1.7 million acres, the forests of South West Cardamom Mountain National Park are one of the largest, oldest and most intact natural habitats in the region, home to globally threatened flora and fauna, with mammal species including Asian elephants, Sunda Pangolins, and Malayan sun bears. The main threat to this wildlife is non-residents, including organized criminal gangs hunting wildlife with rifles, hunting dogs and most worryingly, snares. Community anti-poaching units removed 27,000 snares in 2015 in the national park. Funding from EOCA would be used for two new Government positions within the units, giving the team capacity and authority to enforce existing wildlife laws, while expanding their role to provide conservation education to local communities and visitors. These activities will ensure the safety of the patrolled forest area, reduce hunting, create viable habitat to release rescued wildlife and increase the chance of visitors encountering them. The patrols will maintain 200km of hiking trails as part of a project, supporting around 340 of the 632 families that live in Chi Phat by employing guides, cooks, drivers and rangers. EOCA funding will also fund new multi-species pre-release enclosures for rescued animals .

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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