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Voting in this category runs from 1 March (00.01 GMT) to 15 March (12.00 GMT) 2016.

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Kayaking in Ometepe.  Image Nicky Jenner

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Conserving Nicaragua’s Ometepe Islands

Website: http://www.fauna-flora.org

The unique volcanic island of Ometepe rises out of Lake Nicaragua.   It is characterised by forested mountain slopes, teeming with birds, monkeys and other wildlife.  The island  is popular with increasing numbers of hikers and kayakers, who come to enjoy its idyllic beaches, wildlife, ancient petroglyphs and trails up the volcanic slopes.   However, unregulated agricultural expansion and external development is causing deforestation, depleting soils and increasing the vulnerability of people and natural habitats to dangerous landslides.   Without rapid action, irreparable damage will be caused.  This project will work with 60 farmers to encourage the reforestation of areas of their land and engage in environmentally-friendly agricultural practices.  12,000 saplings will be planted over 40 hectares on the slopes of the volcano.  Local communities will be encouraged in the long term sustainable use of resources via workshops with community organisations and leaders, training for young people and radio broadcasts to disseminate important information.

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Atlantic Forest, Brazil.  Image Haraldo Palo Jr

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Conserving the Biodiversity of Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

Website: http://www.savebrasil.org.br

Brazil's Atlantic Forest is the biome that has suffered the greatest disturbance in the country, having just 11% of its original vegetation still standing. It is considered one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world and in north east Brazil today, as little as 2% of the original forest remains. Serra do Urubu is one of the largest remaining tracts of montane Atlantic Forest and a critical area for bird conservation in neotropical regions. Pedra D'Anta and Frei Caneca Reserve add up to 1,000 hectares of preserved forests but local communities see it as a source for unlimited exploitation. This project will remove invasive species, plant 1500 saplings over 10 hectares, involve 600 school children in improving the infrastructure at the reserve (signage, handrails, bridges) and promote ecotourism and outdoor activities in the area, creating a sense of stewardship of the land.

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Diver rescuing Lobster.  Image Cor Kuyvenhoven

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Expedition Bruine Bank 2016, Netherlands

Website: http://www.duikdenoordzeeschoon.nl

Due to its rich resources and strategic location, the North Sea is one of the most intensively used seas in the world and only about 40% of its original biodiversity value remains.  Habitats like oyster banks have severely diminished. Shipwrecks have taken over the role as hotspots of biodiversity.  However, discarded nets cause entanglement of marine life further threatening the biodiversity of the North Sea.  ‘Duik de Noordzee schoon’ organises diving expeditions to remove these ghost nets from the wrecks and the seabed.  To date these expeditions have removed 15,000kg of lost fishing nets, 8,000kg of lead and 30,000km of fishing lines and released over 6,000 entangled sea creatures. This project will fund a further expedition with 30 divers making up to 24 dives to remove nets, investigate marine life and create photo and film footage to generate media attention to highlight marine litter issues.

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Spectacled Bear.  Image Nigel Simpson

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Saving the Spectacled Bear at Yanacocha Reserve, Ecuador

Website: http://www.worldlandtrust.org

Immortalised in the children’s book A Bear Called Paddington, the Spectacled Bear is native to South America. But, in contrast to heart-warming tales of Paddington, the Spectacled Bear’s real story is less happy. Its forest home in the tropical Andes is rapidly disappearing through deforestation, expanding agriculture and un-controlled fires. In Ecuador, there are fewer than 2,000 Spectacled Bears and these animals rely on nature reserves in the mountains. The conservation of this vulnerable species is at the heart of a project at Yanacocha Reserve where, 20km from Quito, highland paramó and polylepis forest provide ideal habitat for bears. These forests also protect other threatened species, including the Critically Endangered Black-breasted Puffleg hummingbird. Developed by Fundación Jocotoco, this project will implement a fire prevention strategy to reduce habitat loss, use camera traps to monitor bears and establish an education programme to highlight the urgent need to save the Spectacled Bear.

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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