31,000 Votes for Conservation

Release date: 16 May 2011

The European Outdoor Conservation Association is celebrating today having seen over 31,000 people across Europe get online and vote for conservation.
A great step forward for conservation
A great step forward for conservation

Following a successful pilot project last year with Trail Magazine in the UK, the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) set up partnerships with 4 national magazines across Europe, to encourage members of the public to get involved by choosing which projects should be supported by the Association’s 2001/12 funding round. In conjunction with Trail (UK), Sport Partner, Bike & Trekking and Lift magazines (The Netherlands), Alpin (Germany) and National Geographic Germany, shortlisted projects were showcased both in the magazines and online and the general public were then asked to go to the magazines’ websites to vote.

31,000 votes for conservation!
31,000 votes for conservation!

“This is a fantastic result”, enthused Holger Bismann, President of EOCA and Managing Director of Patagonia Europe, “It not only puts EOCA on a great platform, in front of 1.5 million people throughout Europe, but also shows the public what the outdoor industry is doing in terms of conservation. Most of all, it is great to see that so many people across Europe are passionate enough about nature conservation to want to get involved”.

Members of EOCA are currently also voting for other shortlisted projects, and the results of each of the votes will be kept a closely guarded secret until they are officially announced at OutDoor in Friedrichshafen this July.

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The grant from the EOCA kick started WLT’s support of a new and vital Elephant Corridor project from Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, northern India, where local communities, currently encountering conflict with Elephants and Tigers are very keen to be relocated. As well as providing vital funding for this project the EOCA grant leveraged match-funding from another WLT donor which is testament to the importance of the EOCA’s support.
John A Burton, CEO, World Land Trust