Freshwater


This category contains those projects looking to resolve plastic waste issues in lake, river and wetland habitats.
 
Please read though the details of the projects looking for your vote, and then select the one you would like to receive funding from EOCA this year. A difficult choice as they are all very worthwhile projects!

AUTUMN VOTING WILL TAKE PLACE FROM THURSDAY 8TH OCTOBER TO THURSDAY 22ND OCTOBER AT 12 NOON (BST / GMT+1) / 13.00 (CEST / GMT +2)
 

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River Danube

Nominated by:

Blue Danube – Clean Paddle, Serbia

Website: http://www.zivot-inspiracija.org.rs

The remote and inaccessible areas of the Danube river from Novi Sad to the Special Nature Reserve “Petrovaradinsko-Koviljski rit”, is a nationally protected area of forest, swamp and marshes, which supports 172 bird species and 50 fish species, yet is frequently covered with plastic pollutants which come from the urban and highly populated area of Novi Sad. The project goal is to prevent plastic waste reaching these wild and untouched areas, which are frequented by kayakers, fishermen and other water sports enthusiasts.  It will engage young people from the inner city and surrounding towns, as well as local businesses in 5 clean up events covering 47km along the river. During these events, participants will collect rubbish along the banks and in the water by kayak. The waste will be separated for recycling and plastic bottle caps will be used to buy orthopaedic aids for people with disabilities. Novi Sad will be the European Capital of Culture in 2021, so these events and this small association will have the opportunity to actively participate in numerous planned events and generate a lot of awareness for their work and the dangers of plastic.

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Sea Turtle

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Empowering Ocean Changemakers, Ecuador

Website: http://www.jocotoco.org

On the tourist trail and frequented by nature enthusiasts, Las Tunas commune is located in western Ecuador, within the transition zone of the Choco-Tumbesian biodiversity hotspot. This project will directly address the key threat of pollution in marine and terrestrial ecosystems and the water consumed by humans. The project will clean up 11km of the Ayampe River, 2,000 hectares of forest and 40 hectares of turtle nesting sites and the sea of plastic pollution.  It will also train local women to recycle plastics into handicrafts to bring in an income. Training of locals by reforesting with 5,000 native fruit trees will bring in further income, as will a small overnight tourist tax to fund a litter collection scheme. Further, a bird hide will be built in Ayampe Reserve and there will be patrols to protect turtle nests from poachers and overexploitation.

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Magdalena River

Nominated by:

Fishing Plastic: Magdalena River Clean-Up, Colombia

Website: http://www.proyectoprimates.org

The middle Magdalena River in the Chocó-Magdalena-Tumbes Biodiversity Hotspot is threatened by a dramatic increase in waste, deforestation and degradation of its wetlands, all of which have had an impact on its endangered species such as the brown spider monkey, the blue-billed curassow, the American crocodile, the American manatee, the tiger catfish and the Magdalena river turtle. The project will focus on the direct cleaning of the main lagoons and beaches along the middle Magdalena river basin by organising nine ‘Fishing Plastic’ events over 30-40km. It will work with fishing villages to improve waste management, and run workshops for schools, as well as carrying out some habitat restoration activities including planting 5,000 trees to benefit local primate species.

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The problem ....

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Full Circle, Belize

Website: http://www.humana-belize.org

The Placencia Peninsula in Belize borders the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the east and a virgin mangrove-fringed lagoon, rivers, and a pristine rainforest to the west. These rich and diverse ecosystems are severely threatened by plastic pollution which is abundant in the targeted area. The local practice of burning plastic waste results in toxic fumes impacting on human health, and also leads to forest fires. In close collaboration with 10 villages, local schools, businesses and authorities, clean up events will clear 20km and install 300 collection bins to collect approximately 500kg of waste annually. Local communities will learn about litter and recycling, students will be encouraged to bring in their own waste plastic from home, and this, along with other collected plastic will be upcycled into educational signs for visitors and residents, as well as affordable everyday items for sale, thanks to the purchase of 4 plastic moulding machines. Local youths from vulnerable populations will be trained to develop and manage the ongoing work of the project.

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Batukapal

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Landak River, Sumatra

Website: http://www.caresumatra.com

UNESCO world heritage Gunung Leuser National Park and the broader Leuser Ecosystem is the last place on earth where IUCN Red List Critically Endangered Sumatran Orangutan, Tiger, Elephant, Rhinoceros and Sunda pangolin coexist in the wild. Plastic litter is a threat here due to trekking and wildlife tourism, local communities and a lack of litter collection.  The project will implement a rubbish collection and recycling programme and organise 40km of clean ups. It will work with communities to enable them to make an income from making eco-bricks from the collected plastic to build toilet blocks and shelters for homeless families and at-risk communities, as well as other saleable items. Funds will also help provide bins made from eco-bricks, water dispensers and educational activities in schools, community and tourism businesses, creating long term behavioural changes within in the community to continue addressing this plastic waste problem after the project is completed.

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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