Landscape & Wildlife


This category contains those projects looking to restore, protect or enhance habitats and species around the world. For wildlife and for people.
 
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 MONDAY 7TH OCTOBER TO MONDAY 21ST OCTOBER AT 12 NOON (BST / GMT+1) / 13.00 (CEST / GMT +2)
 

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Green Bike Trails

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Angofa grassland restoration and nature trail

Website: http://www.fundatia-adept.org

Tarnava Mare is a Natura 2000 Site declared for its grasslands, wetland, forest habitats and associated plant and animal species. The area is one of Europe’s most important High Nature Value grassland landscapes, still in ecological working order, but threatened by the lack of economic return for nature-based farming, which leads to abandonment of less accessible grassland, intensification of more accessible grassland, and the loss of species-rich pastures and hay meadows. This project will directly restore several hectares of hay meadow; clear invasive species and plastic; involve local people in conservation through clean ups and replanting fruit trees; and increase visitor numbers more widely in the area, by equipping a visitor centre with up-to-date interpretation and information boards, maps, a café and building a 1.5km spur from the restored building to link to the 100km mountain-bike trail that joins 8 villages and over 70 green tourism providers, as well as mark 5km of nature trails through the nature-rich grasslands.

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Black Rhino

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Free Ranging Rhinos Forever, Namibia

Website: http://www.savetherhinotrust.org

Namibia hosts the biggest metapopulation of black rhinos remaining in Africa, and more than 2/3 of the south-western subspecies is found in Namibia. Prior to the current rhino poaching crisis which began in 2012, numbers were increasing steadily under a well-established and innovative conservation and management programme. The parks, reserves and communal conservancies on which rhinos are preserved are important habitat areas for many other threatened or endangered species too. The overall goal of this project is to ensure the continued survival of the planet’s only free-ranging population of black rhino. Funding will maintain and improve SRT support to the community rhino ranger programme in critical rhino rangeland areas as they monitor the rhino and provide a deterrent to any would-be poachers in their conservancy areas. As the importance of tourism increases, local communities will benefit from preserving these animals and training guides as trackers to take guests out on rhino trekking experiences

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Bicycle Tourism

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Prevention of Human-Wildlife Conflict,Tanzania

Website: http://www.oikosea.org

The Greater Kilimanjaro-Amboseli ecosystem supports nearly 1 million wild and domestic mammals, including some 2,000 elephants. In Tanzania, the ecosystem spans between Mt Kilimanjaro NP and, among others, Enduimet Wildlife Management Area, one of the last remaining wildlife corridors. Small-scale farmers and livestock keepers use drastic retaliation killing to eliminate wildlife and prevent conflict. This project aims to prevent the loss of endangered wildlife and human lives by promoting community-led human-wildlife conflict mitigation measures and training Village Game Scouts.  The project intends to provide long-term and effective solutions to protect communities coexisting with wildlife and demonstrate that such coexistence is possible.  The project will also ignite the start up of low impact, sustainable biking tours that will provide income to local communities through bike hire and guiding opportunities along 50km of trail. Litter collecting activities will also be undertaken with local schools.

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Measuring a scalloped hammerhead

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Protecting Endangered Newborn Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, Cabo Verde.

Website: http://www.maralliance.org

Baia de Sal Rei, on the island of Boavisita is a sheltered bay and incredibly rich ecosystem supporting numerous migratory, endangered, and endemic species. The scalloped hammerhead shark is classified as endangered by IUCN and populations are estimated to have been reduced by approximately 83% largely due to fisheries. In Cabo Verde, despite being protected, populations continue to fall due to unsustainable fishing techniques which catch sharks accidentally or intentionally for food. The project will establish long-term standardised monitoring of sharks in the bay, notably of endangered, newborn scalloped hammerheads, ultimately using the data collected to inform the design of a Marine Protected Area, involve local students in education activities and outreach; engage visitors, fishers, local guides and divers in an app to submit sightings; run workshops with tour companies, fishermen & government; install an ‘underwater trail’ to enhance visitor experience; reduce gill net use by 50% by getting fishers involved in data capture and tourism; organise 2 plastic clean ups of beaches on the island

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Orangutan. Image Bernat Ripoli

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Protection of Critical Orangutan Habitat, Borneo

Website: http://www.borneonaturefoundation.org

Sebangau peat swamp forest was granted formal protected-area status in 1998 and is the largest non-fragmented area of lowland rainforest remaining in Borneo,  supporting its largest protected population of Bornean orangutans. Sebangau is therefore considered one of the top priority sites for orangutan conservation and its forest is of major conservation importance for its high biodiversity and as a globally-significant carbon store. Despite protected status, Sebangau is at serious risk; with forest fire identified as the primary threat. Illegal logging has resulted in peatland drainage (canals were dug to extract timber), putting the whole ecosystem at risk from peat degradation and from annual dry season fires, which cause toxic smoke haze and poisoning of fish stocks. In 2015 over 22,000km2 burned, causing premature death of thousands, the resulting carbon emissions exceeding that from fossil fuels in the entire EU. The project will restore the habitat by blocking 14 canals with 300 dams, planting 50,000 seedlings, and dispersing another 100,000, run community education sessions and workshops and provide ongoing support for 3 community patrols and fire-fighting teams.

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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