The Outdoor category is supported by five magazines, this year.  The Great Outdoors in the UK, NORR Magazin (Germany), and Hike & Trekking, Bike & Trekking, and Sport Partner (all part of the Maruba Sports and Fashion Publishers Group) in the Netherlands.   Here we present 6 projects that are all hoping for your vote.
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 this year. 

If you prefer you can vote in Dutch through the website of Hike&Trekking,  Bike&Trekking, or SPORT PARTNER.

You can vote in German through the NORR magazine website or on our German Website.

You can also vote in English through the website of our UK magazine partner The Great Outdoors.

Please note, you will only be able to vote once in this category, through one of these websites.

Voting in this category runs from 17 to 31 March 2014.

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Coastal Rescuers

Website: http://www.hsr.se

Marine Litter is a huge problem on Sweden’s west coast, originating partly from outdoor users and inland sources, but the Jutska Gyre brings large volumes of litter from the whole of the North East Atlantic. This litter is a huge threat to wildlife and also causes problems for the large numbers of people who recreate on the coast. Via Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation, this project focuses on beach clean ups as one of the solutions to this problem. Local people will be encouraged to get involved in beach clean ups and awareness raising activities will also educate and encourage them to responsibly dispose of waste as well as raise marine litter issues on the political agenda.

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Eco-Tourism and Wildlife Conservation in Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

Website: http://www.awf.org

The mountains, gullies and sheer pinnacles of Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains National Park make it one of Africa’s most beautiful landscapes. Here hikers can trek alongside remarkable species including the Ethiopian wolf—the world’s rarest canine—the Gelada baboon, and the endangered Walia ibex. The park, however, is threatened by agriculture and livestock encroachment, as nearby communities struggle to survive in an area with few economic opportunities. Through the project, the African Wildlife Foundation will improve park tourism infrastructure—through campsite renovations, hiking trail and signage improvements—and provide tourism training for local people, thereby incentivising communities through jobs and income to protect the park. Support will also be directed to park rangers for enhanced monitoring and protection of wildlife. The end result will be a revitalised park that benefits wildlife, visitors, and local communities. www.awf.org

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Otter Rivers Restoration, Czech Republic

Website: http://www.koaliceproreky.cz/english/

Over the last century in the Czech Republic, many waterways have been narrowed, made shallower, shortened and regulated, leading to a critical loss of habitat, destruction from flash floods and drying out of smaller streams. Coalition for Rivers aims to empower the public to improve the environment of critically endangered otters in nine selected areas, through the returning of these ‘regulated waterways’ to nature. This will also improve the living conditions for other species as groups of locals ‘adopt’ sections of rivers and care for their maintenance and recovery, making them more attractive for outdoor activities, fishing and kayaking. With ‘restrictions’ on the rivers removed, flash floods will also become a thing of the past. Groups will be taught how to recognise further locations where changes could dramatically improve habitats, and be supported in negotiations with water management authorities.

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Projecte Rius: joining people and rivers, Catalonia

Website: http://www.associaciohabitats.cat

Mediterranean fluvial ecosystems are threatened by many factors including habitat exploitation, contamination, deforestation, introduction of invasive species and particularly by the effect of climate change. Through Associació Hàbitats, Projecte Rius is the largest network of environmental volunteers in Catalonia with over 1000 volunteers each year engaging in improving the fluvial environment. This project will coordinate the work of these volunteers, spread all over Catalonia. Anyone can start a volunteer group and monitor the stretch of river they choose. Their findings and experience will be published encouraging others to participate as well as engage relevant authorities in remedial work. Volunteers will also contribute to the restoration of the rivers they monitor if the issues are easily rectified. In addition, at least 3 restoration activities will be developed and implemented by volunteers with professional staff, improving access by outdoor users to the river ecosystems.

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Trailbuilding on Lake Baikal, Siberia

Website: http://www.baikalplan.de

As the deepest lake in the world, Lake Baikal is a unique ecosystem and, due to its biodiversity, of global importance. The coastlines of the lake are mainly protected as national conservation areas, however, large scale tourism has developed in areas around the lake, with negative impacts on the environment. Baikalplan plans to establish sustainable tourism on the remote Northwest coastline, around Peak Tsherskovo, the area’s highest mountain and its attractions of the Cape Kotelnikov hot springs. In workcamps with volunteers from all around the world, over 100km of hiking trails will be reconditioned, picnic and camping areas created with tent pitches, firepits, waste collection points, toilets, information points, mapping and trail marking. It will also provide environmental education and training for the local population as nature guides and promote the area as a sustainable nature and adventure tourism destination.

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Trossachs Gateway Project

Website: http://www.thegreattrossachsforest.co.uk

The Great Trossachs Forest is one of the most significant native woodland conservation projects to take place in the UK for a generation. It is a 200 year commitment by RSPB Scotland, Woodland Trust Scotland and Forestry Commission Scotland. Set in the heart of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, this beautiful area is home to iconic Scottish wildlife including golden eagles, black grouse and red squirrels. The landscape was once largely covered by native forest stretching up into the surrounding mountains but in recent years much has been felled, reducing its biodiversity. The aims of the project include restoring degraded habitats by planting thousands of trees and allowing native woodland to regenerate, and completing The Great Trossachs Path; a long distance trail for all, which connects a network of routes and three of Scotland’s Great Trails, leaving a growing legacy for people, wildlife and one of Scotland’s most precious environments.

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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.
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