Summit Members

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'Summit Membership' was created by EOCA in 2013, to recognise the huge commitment and contribution made by those members that wanted to support their own, entire conservation project(s) through EOCA.
Mountain Forests Catalonia. Image Felipe Valladares
Mountain Forests Catalonia. Image Felipe Valladares
A member company can choose to entirely fund any of the projects on EOCA's shortlist, produced once all the annual applications have been received.  Alternatively, a company can bring a project to EOCA from an organisation that it is already supporting or fits with the ethos of that company - which it would like to fund.  Finally, a company can approach EOCA to ask it to find a project for them to fund which meets several criteria of their own, for example that it is local or that it supports a particular type of habitat that the company has links to.

EOCA will carry out all the necessary checks to ensure each project meets its own relevant criteria and will then manage payments and the overseeing of the project itself, to ensure that the project meets all the aims and objectives it set for itself on application.  100% of the funds given by the Summit Member will be put directly into the conservation project. In this way, the member gets a tailor-made, environmental giving programme, without the need for in-house expertise or resources to manage it.
Summit Member Original Buff, S.A.
Summit Member Original Buff, S.A.
Below is a list of current and past Summit Members.  Those listed prior to 2013 were not named as Summit members at the time, but would have been, had the award been available!

We would like to thank all of our Summit Members for their dedication to, and generous contributions towards conserving threatened habitats and species.


Our Summit Members

POMOCA SA Osprey Europe Ltd Original Buff Outpac Designs Ltd (Pacsafe) The North Face Italy Srl Nikwax Ltd

Awarded: 2017, 2016
In 2016, POMOCA asked EOCA to find a conservation project which conserved seals.  POMOCA is keen that its support for this project be a long term one, and is committed to working with it indefinitely.

The Saimaa ringed seal is a sub species of the ringed seal and was isolated from the Baltic Sea in Lake Saimaa, Finland around 8,000 years ago.  The population was reduced drastically at the end of the 19th century due to bounth hunting and again during the 1960s due to the use of fishung nets made from nylon.  Today the critically endangered population is around 320, and threatened by traps used by recreational fishermen, increased tourism and climate change. This project will continue the work of the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation with recreational fishermen, toursim providers and local communities to ensure the survival and protection of the Saimaa ringed seal into the future.

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Osprey Europe Ltd

Awarded: 2017, 2014
Osprey Europe, leaders in innovative backpacks, have committed €28,800 to support Bird Conservation Georgia’s project to address the threat of hunting to over one million raptors which migrate through the foothills of the Lesser Caucasus in Georgia each migration season. This innovative project aims to make it easier to access and enjoy the spectacle of the birds’ migration, and support and educate local people in how to promote bird watching and eco-tourism as an alternative to hunting.
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Original Buff

Awarded: 2017, 2013, 2012, 2011
Over the past few years, Original Buff, S.A. has been a very keen supporter of conservation projects through EOCA.  To date, the company has entirely funded 6 projects:

2013:  Mountain Forests Catalonia (nominated by Petzl Foundation)
This forest management project enabled the outdoor user to get involved in conservation during 9 individual weeks of voluntary work, involving forest path restoration, forest thinning, habitat restoration, and bio-engineering work to mitigate erosion. This work, amongst other things, enhanced the habitat for the Capercaille and improved access to outdoor users by restoring and maintaining forest tracks.

2012 Mountain Forests Catalonia (nominated by Patagonia)
Mountain forests of the Pyrenees are one of the largest protected areas in Europe, including threatened species, habitats and endemic plants. This are is very important for hikers, skiers and climbers.  The project ran 8 volunteering weeks involving path and habitat restoration, forest thinning, wildlife surveys and bio-engineering against erosion.

2012 Into the Meadows, UK (nominated by Snugpak)
This project restored 88 hectares of degraded meadows in the Yorkshire Dales, one of the last UK strongholds for traditionally managed, upland hay meadows, seen as one of the scarcest and most threatened habitats in the EU.

2011 Sustainable Tourism in Iceland (nominated by Deuter)
Hot springs, glaciers, vast volcanic landscapes, and a variety of natural phenomena and rarities in Iceland are major attractions for hikers. This project promotes sustainable tourism by setting up code of conduct for tourists visiting geothermal areas, and working with tourist bodies to provide educational material to domestic and foreign visitors.

2011 Conservation and Restoration in Snowdonia, Wales (nominated by Mountain Equipment)
Working to ensure that the Snowdonia National Park remains in great condition as a home for native flora and fauna, and as a top outdoor visitor destination, this project provided opportunities for people to participate in practical conservation work, controling and eradicating non native invasive plant species, and maintaining and repairing the most heavily used footpaths

2011 Wild Ennerdale – Woodland and Red Squirrel Conservation, UK (nominated by Berghaus)
The ancient oak and birch woodlands of the Ennerdale valley in the Lake District, Cumbria, are rich in species including ferns, mosses and the threatened native red squirrel. This project protected and expanded these woodlands, protected the native red squirrels from the invasive grey squirrels, and provided opportunities for people to share these special woodlands.

Further details on all of these projects can be found in the funded projects pages here
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Outpac Designs Ltd (Pacsafe)

Awarded: 2016, 2014
Pacsafe, whose logo incorporates a turtle, has committed $20,000 to a project that will address the threats to the Leatherback, Green and Hawksbill turtles on the remote Pacuare beach in Costa Rica.  The funding from Pacsafe will enable the project to address habitat loss, pollution, unsustainable fishing practices and exploitation for food, using measures including habitat restoration, beach patrols, an egg hatchery and education.

Following this successful project in 2015 and the launch of Pacsafe's Turtle Fund, the company chose to fund another turtle protection project in 2016, in French Polynesia. The project will stengthen the effectiveness of an ongoing turtle research, education and nest site monitoring, as well as protection from poachers and the sustainaibility of its clinic, which nurses sick and injured animals back to health and releases them back into the wild.

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The North Face Italy Srl
2013 EPIC – Exploring (& Education About) Peaks, Inspiring Conservation
Funding from The North Face Explore Fund via EOCA will enable Respect the Mountains to develop and implement an EPIC day for 50 young people in Le Grand Massif area of France. During the day, the young people will be educated in respecting mountains, engaged in hands-on conservation work, inspired by Ambassadors and athletes from both organisations, and will have the opportunity to try a winter mountain activity

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Nikwax Ltd

Awarded: 2012
2012 Landscape Dynamics in Sagamartha National Park (chosen and funded entirely by Nikwax)
This study examined ongoing landscape transformation to assess the impact of change on things such as water provision. It provided insights into what drives land use change and what this means for the sustainability of the region, generating adaptation strategies specific to the National Park.

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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.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to support and promote an organisation which makes a real difference in supporting conservation in the great outdoor environments.
Es Tresidder, EOCA Ambassador and Mountain Equipment Sponsored Athlete