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You will find all manner of feature articles here, from conservation of specifically threatened species, to good practice in the great outdoors, updates on projects we have funded and interviews with key figures in the outdoor industry - so keep an eye for new articles!
 
KEEN Announces Inaugural Better Takes Action Boat Tour Better Take Action - in action! Values lead outdoor brand KEEN leap into spring with a renewed vigour and commitment to ‘taking action’, a longstanding philosophy that protecting the places we play, supporting communities in need and reducing impact through actions big and small can make a better world.
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EOCA becomes an Ally of Natural Climate Solutions When Living Systems Recover, they can draw co2 out of the air EOCA is delighted to become an ally of the Natural Climate Solutions initiative, so joining forces with George Monbiot, Greta Thunberg, the Leonard Di Caprio Foundation and many others, to recognise, call for and enable the restoration of ecosystems to prevent climate breakdown.

The aim of the initiative is to prevent climate breakdown by restoring our life support systems, and the mission is to catalyse global enthusiasm for drawing down carbon by restoring ecosystems – the single most undervalued and underfunded tool for climate mitigation.
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EOCA and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals UN SDGS On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into force.  In order to achieve these goals, it is our duty, as global citizens, to play our part and look after the world we live in.  

Set up in 2006 as a way of bringing the European outdoor industry together to give back to the wild places it depends on for its livelihood, the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) has to date raised and spent €2.3 million of 99 conservation projects around the world.  With nearly 140 members, and a team of scientific advisors who are all experts in different fields of conservation, EOCA strives to ensure the money is has raised from the industry goes to the most vital conservation projects globally, where the funds will make the most difference to habitats and communities on the ground.
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EOCA’s Future Focus Plastic Free:  Mountain to Sea An article following the launch of EOCA's evolution and launch last week of its new 2 year focus campaign Plastic Free: Mountain to Sea more detail
EOCA Endorses Hague Principles at the Peace Palace The Hague Peace Palace lit up blue on 10th December 2018 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights On the 10th December 2018, EOCA was honoured to be invited to endorse and attend the launch of the Hague Principles, recognising the importance of human rights underpinned by humankind’s responsibility to nature and the earth.

The December meeting was significant because the date also marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which was adopted and proclaimed by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948.
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La Sportiva Supports Conservation through 2018 Black Friday Sales Black Friday EOCA is hugely grateful to Italian technical footwear, clothing and accessories brand La Sportiva who have once again decided to raise funds for conservation via EOCA through its Black Friday sales.   more detail
Nine New Projects to be funded by EOCA Zeciji kamen Brook Following a public vote which reached millions, and a tense members’ vote, the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is thrilled to highlight the next 9 projects it will be funding.
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2 Million Tree Project - Public Fundraiser to help plant another 80,000 trees in Nepal! Yamchet Village of Dhading.  Credit Umesh Basnet Mountain trekking in Nepal is a high point (pun intended!) for outdoor enthusiasts. As one of the world's most species-rich countries, Nepal is known for its stunning scenery and dizzying array of wildlife. But some remote mountain areas have become degraded by hunting, illegal timber harvesting, poaching and wild harvesting of native plants. Local communities, mountain wildlife and ecotourists alike would benefit from reforesting these areas where "off-the-beaten-path" trekking opportunities abound. That is why The Mountain Institute (TMI) has joined forces with the European Outdoor Conservation Association's (EOCA) 2 Million Trees Project. In partnership with local communities, TMI will be planting 80,000 native and locally grown trees in Gorkha, Dhading and Sankhuwasabha districts.
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Ten Faces of EOCA: 10 General Managers ISPO Award Winners! During 2016, EOCA is celebrating being 10 years old! Ten years of the European outdoor industry funding conservation work in the great outdoors. In that time, the Association has funded work in over 36 different countries around the world, making a real difference to threatened habitats, species and landscapes.

As part of EOCA’s celebration of its tenth year, a series called ‘Ten Faces of EOCA’ will feature on our website throughout the year. These ten faces will be people who have been key to the success of the Association, or people who represent key partners of the Association. It may even be the face of a species that has benefited from the Associations work! Its going to be tough to choose only 10!

In our final of the Ten Faces series, we are in fact going to sneek two faces in – those of the General Managers. Well, they do job share so in effect, they work as one!!
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Ten Faces of EOCA: 9 EOCA members Happy Hour credit insideoutdoor.eu During 2016, the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is celebrating being 10 years old! Ten years of the European outdoor industry funding conservation work in the great outdoors. In that time, the Association has funded work in over 36 different countries around the world, making a real difference to threatened habitats, species and landscapes.

As part of EOCA’s celebration of its tenth year, a series called ‘Ten Faces of EOCA’ will feature on our website throughout the year. These ten faces will be people who have been key to the success of the Association, or people who represent key partners of the Association. It may even be the face of a species that has benefited from the Associations work! It’s going to be tough to choose only 10!
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Ten Faces of EOCA: 8 Summit Member Summit Member Original Buff During 2016, EOCA is celebrating being 10 years old! Ten years of the European outdoor industry funding conservation work in the great outdoors. In that time, the Association has funded work in over 36 different countries around the world, making a real difference to threatened habitats, species and landscapes.

As part of EOCA’s celebration of its tenth year, a series called ‘Ten Faces of EOCA’ will feature on our website throughout the year. These ten faces will be people who have been key to the success of the Association, or people who represent key partners of the Association. It may even be the face of a species that has benefited from the Associations work! Its going to be tough to choose only 10!
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Ten Faces of EOCA: 7 Tradeshows and Sustaining Members ISPO and OutDoor During 2016, the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is celebrating being 10 years old! Ten years of the European outdoor industry funding conservation work in the great outdoors. In that time, the Association has funded work in over 36 different countries around the world, making a real difference to threatened habitats, species and landscapes.

As part of EOCA’s celebration of its tenth year, a series called ‘Ten Faces of EOCA’ will feature on our website throughout the year. These ten faces will be people who have been key to the success of the Association, or people who represent key partners of the Association. It may even be the face of a species that has benefited from the Associations work! Its going to be tough to choose only 10!

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Ten Faces of EOCA: 6 Scientific Advisor Jonny Hughes During 2016, EOCA is celebrating being 10 years old! Ten years of the European outdoor industry funding conservation work in the great outdoors. In that time, the Association has funded work in over 36 different countries around the world, making a real difference to threatened habitats, species and landscapes.

As part of EOCA’s celebration of its tenth year, a series called ‘Ten Faces of EOCA’ will feature on our website throughout the year. These ten faces will be people who have been key to the success of the Association, or people who represent key partners of the Association. It may even be the face of a species that has benefited from the Associations work! Its going to be tough to choose only 10!
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Ten Faces of EOCA: 5. The Snow Leopard Snow Leopard Family As part of EOCA’s celebration of its tenth year, a series called ‘Ten Faces of EOCA’ is being featured on our website throughout the year. These ten faces are people who have been key to the success of the Association, or people who represent key partners of the Association. It may even be the face of a species that has benefited from the Associations work! Its going to be tough to choose only 10!

This time, we are focussing on the magestic face of the Snow Leopard. Two projects conserving snow leopards were chosen for EOCA funding by the public and by EOCA members in 2013. The face of these large cats found in the mountains of Central and Southern Asia clearly caught the attention of EOCA’s funders and friends. One of the funded projects conserved these special cats in the Altai Republic, and the other in India. The project in India was implemented by The Snow Leopard Trust, and was nominated to EOCA for funding by member Dynafit who had supported the Trust for a number of years.
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Ten Faces of EOCA: 4 - Founder Mark Held During 2016, EOCA is celebrating being 10 years old! Ten years of the European outdoor industry funding conservation work in the great outdoors. In that time, the Association has funded work in over 36 different countries around the world, making a real difference to threatened habitats, species and landscapes.

As part of EOCA’s celebration of its tenth year, a series called ‘Ten Faces of EOCA’ will feature on our website throughout the year. These ten faces will be people who have been key to the success of the Association, or people who represent key partners of the Association. It may even be the face of a species that has benefited from the Associations work! Its going to be tough to choose only 10!
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Ten Faces of EOCA. 3. President Anna Maria Rugarli During 2016, EOCA is celebrating being 10 years old! Ten years of the European outdoor industry funding conservation work in the great outdoors. In that time, the Association has funded work in over 36 different countries around the world, making a real difference to threatened habitats, species and landscapes.

As part of EOCA’s celebration of its tenth year, a series called ‘Ten Faces of EOCA’ will feature on our website throughout the year. These ten faces will be people who have been key to the success of the Association, or people who represent key partners of the Association. It may even be the face of a species that has benefited from the Associations work! Its going to be tough to choose only 10!

The third of the ten faces we are focusing on this time is that of Anna Maria Rugali, President of EOCA.
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Ten Faces of EOCA: 2. Funded Project The Mountain Institute Training.  Image Karma Bhutia/ Ang Rita Sherpa During 2016, EOCA is celebrating being 10 years old!  Ten years of the European outdoor industry funding conservation work in the great outdoors.  In that time, the Association has funded work in over 36 different countries around the world, making a real difference to threatened habitats, species and landscapes.

As part of EOCA’s celebration of its tenth year, a series called ‘Ten Faces of EOCA’ will feature on our website throughout the year.  These ten faces will be people who have been key to the success of the Association, or people who represent key partners of the Association.  It may even be the face of a species that has benefited from the Associations work!  Its going to be tough to choose only 10!

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Ten Faces of EOCA. 1. New Member WaterNLife WaterNLife in Kenya During 2016, EOCA is celebrating being 10 years old!  Ten years of the European outdoor industry funding conservation work in the great outdoors.  In that time, the Association has funded work in over 36 different countries around the world, making a real difference to threatened habitats, species and landscapes.

As part of EOCA’s celebration of its tenth year, a series called ‘Ten Faces of EOCA’ will feature on our website throughout the year.  These ten faces will be people who have been key to the success of the Association, or people who represent key partners of the Association.  It may even be the face of a species that has benefited from the Associations work!  Its going to be tough to choose only 10!

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“The excitement we felt at hearing we had been awarded EOCA funding for the Fix the Fells project has now been matched by our excitement at seeing the completion of the vital path repair works to two of our most stunning Lakeland fells; Scafell Pike and Striding Edge on Helvellyn. Thanks to the money generously given by EOCA these two popular routes are now fighting fit for the future.”

Ruth Kirk, Nurture Lakeland