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. (Image John Fleetwood)
 
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 28 March (00.01 GMT) to 11 April (12.00 BST) 2019.


 

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Gosaikunda trash.  Image Dr. Narayan P.Koju

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Clean-up Langtang to Sustain High Altitude Heritage, Nepal

Website: http://www.resourceshimalaya.org

Nepal’s Himalayan Mountains are a world famous tourist destination, attracting over 150,000 trekkers and pilgrims annually. Langtang National Park (LNP) is the third most popular heritage trek of Nepal. It harbours rare and threatened species such as the red panda, snow leopard and clouded leopard as well as endemic and endangered flora. Gosaikunda (Alt. 4380m), the only Ramsar site within LNP is an important pilgrimage site. It attracts over 30,000 visitors during special occasions confined to three months of April, May and August. Nepal’s rural mountain communities lack waste disposal services and the additional waste is brought in by trekking activities, littering the sites and trails. Inadequate knowledge and rampant waste disposal threaten the fragile mountain ecosystem, wildlife and habitats. This project will organise a huge clean-up campaign involving local schools and communities, promoting ecotourism and zero waste. It will help to understand the root cause of littering and its sustainable management. Funding will be used to promote eco-friendly behaviour, homestay and kitchen gardens as well as community-based solid waste management.

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Volunteers.  Image Pila Elorriaga

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Montaña Limpia, Latin America

Website: http://www.accesopanam.org

Since 2013, Acceso PanAm has engaged climbers, hikers and local communities to give back to the mountains via an annual mountain clean-up event. Poorly planned visits and tourism in mountainous areas is leading to increased amounts of discarded litter, despoiling the environment, threatening wildlife and polluting habitats and water sources with everything from picnic waste, to camping and technical equipment in mountain environments.  The Montaña Limpia (Clean Mountains) campaign runs simultaneously across a number of countries in Latin America and has been gaining in momentum and popularity.  In 2019 the aim is to have 30 events happening across 6 countries with over 600 volunteers cleaning over 300km of trail, from tropical areas to mountains over 6000m altitude. Funding will help take the communication and education to the next level by developing an app to engage younger people who are increasingly disconnected to the mountains, as well as helping record data on the types of trash found, the impacts on habitats and wildlife and offering educational and waste collection resources to help events.

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Rila Mountain Hut.    Image Dimitar Aleksov

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Plastic Free Rila, Bulgaria

Website: http://www.ecosystemeurope.org

Rila is the sixth highest mountain in Europe, its mountain range encompassing Rila National Park and Rila Monastery Nature Park. Abundant in glacial lakes and hot springs, these parks attract many visitors, resulting in large amounts of rubbish spoiling the mountain landscapes and posing a threat to wildlife. This project will focus on packaging and single use items which represent the largest proportion of plastic waste generated, working with outdoor enthusiasts to raise awareness of the negative effect of plastic waste on both nature and human health.   It will also work with individual mountain huts situated in the parks, most of which use a huge amount of single use plastics, due to ease or lack of washing up facilities and, despite being illegal, burn, bury or simply dump some of it. 5 events will clean up at least 300k of trail and 100,000m2 around at least 10 huts.  It will also work with 17 huts to assess and reduce their use of plastic, and create an art installation and a social media campaign to raise awareness on plastic waste generation across Bulgaria.

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High Altitude Clean Up

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The Himalayan Cleanup, India

Website: http://www.inmi.in

The Indian Himalaya is part of a global biodiversity hotspot with a high percentage of protected and community conserved areas, as well as being an important source of water for millions of people. Due to ever-increasing tourist footfall and changing consumption patterns, plastics have entered the remotest mountain environments where the terrain makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible to retrieve and/or dispose of plastic waste. Lack of awareness leads to burning of waste, dumping down hillsides or into streams and rivers.   Wildlife including red pandas and black bears consume plastic through food left in plastic packaging. In 2018, a Himalayan Cleanup across the 12 mountain states mobilised 15,000 volunteers across 200 sites, sorting and recycling waste and making ecobricks from non recyclable plastics.  This project will run the Cleanup day again, alongside other community clean up events raising awareness locally as well as amongst the travel, transport and tourism sectors. A workshop will be held with government and CSO stakeholders to discuss sustainable waste management strategies and keeping key habitats clean, underpinned by results from a waste audit.

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