Plastic Clean Up


In this category, all the projects are looking to clean up coast, trail, lake and mountain from single use plastic and other waste, protecting wildlife and habitats and contributing to EOCA's Plastic Free: Mountain to Sea focus. (Image Surfrider)
 
Please read though the details below of the projects looking for your vote, and then select the one you would like to receive funding from EOCA.  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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Hiking Trail Chandragiri Hills

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Clean up Chandragiri to Champadevi Trail, Nepal

Website: http://www.smcrf.org

The Chandragiri to Champadevi trail, located in the hills near the southern rim of Kathmandu Valley, winds through human settlements and is one of the suitable habitats of Critically Endangered Chinese Pangolin, which also serves as a corridor for Common Leopard. Lack of proper local waste management, litter thrown by hikers, tea houses, hotels and construction workers has impacted local flora and fauna. Plastic has been observed in the scat of the Common Leopard and many cases of entanglement have been reported.  Illegal poaching activities like snaring are reducing the leopard’s prey species, forcing it to stray into human settlements to find other potential prey, resulting in conflicts. Funding provided by EOCA will be used to conduct clean-up campaigns along 17.5km of trail, and will work with local communities and government to implement waste management training and installing bins into which rubbish can be separated. A biodiversity survey of the local natural area will be undertaken and information boards about wildlife and waste management will be installed along the trail.

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Waste heading downstream ....

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Clean up Synevyr National Nature Park, Ukraine

Website: http://www.wilderness-society.org

National Nature Park Synevyr is located in the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains and is characterised by large, contiguous areas of old growth broadleaf and conifer forest, rivers, lakes, peat bogs and wetlands. Captivating outdoor lovers, tourism volume is increasing rapidly, with 200,000 visitors annually, yet due to the insufficient local and visitor awareness, and absence of a regional waste management strategy, waste accumulation is bringing ecosystems and wildlife into serious danger. Tereblya is one of the biggest rivers flowing through the Park that eventually feeds the River Danube. The river and its banks are increasingly polluted by plastic, metal and human waste through illegal camping, burning and dump sites. Food waste dumps attract wildlife, potentially leading to conflicts with animals such as bears. The project will work with the local authorities, communities, and visitors to introduce an effective waste management system, introducing eco-toilets, signage, bins and money off park fees for bringing out rubbish found as well as running education and clean up events along 45km of trail, Synevyr Lake and river.

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Clean Up in Gosaikunda.  Image Ajit Parajuli

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Clean-up Himalaya to sustain High Altitude Heritage, Nepal

Website: http://www.resourceshimalaya.org

The high Himalayan mountains are a world famous tourist destination with Lamtang National Park (LNP) having the third most popular heritage trek in Nepal. It harbours rare and threatened species such as red panda, snow leopard and clouded leopard as well as endemic and endangered flora. Gosaikunda Lake (alt. 4380m) is a Ramsar site and an important pilgrimage site in park bringing up to 30,000 visitors at various seasons of year, during which over 300 temporary shelters are set up to accommodate visitors in the fragile landscape. Tons of waste are left alongside the trail and around the lake which local people lack capacity to manage. The project will organise three clean-up-campaigns along 31km trail to Gosaikunda and its surroundings, installing bins at 1km intervals of trail to collect and separate waste.  An incinerator will be bought to manage non-recyclable waste and minimise emissions from open burning. The project will involve local youths in each activity as well as local government, trekking agencies, communities and schools to keep the area clean and promote eco-tourism. 

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Laguna de Rocha Image Roberto Güller

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Cleaning and Restoration of Coastal Lagoons, Uruguay

Website: http://www.lagunascosteras.org.uy

Laguna de Rocha and Laguna Garzón lie 30km from each other in southeast Uruguay, are Ramsar and WHSRN sites, and home to several threatened species of mammals and migratory birds. They are threatened by increasing urbanisation, increasing  day tourism and littering; clearing of native forest and scrub; poaching; overfishing; impacts from new infrastructure and degradation of sand dunes & sandbars. Being out-of-the way areas, official waste disposal systems are inefficient. Plastic pollution is widespread and not only of local origin. Awareness needs to be raised amongst communities and visitors, many of whom consider cleaning beneath them and 100% a state responsibility. EOCA funds will be used to improve clean up equipment and experience, run more clean up events and hold education and community workshops to develop awareness, ecotourism and stewardship.  Guiding and interpretive signage will be installed along improved trails to enhance the visitor’s experience and limit impact on biodiversity; and a pilot project to remove exotic/invasive species as well as a survey of microplastics will be undertaken.

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Hasliberg Clean Up

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Mountain Clean-Up Tour 2020

Website: http://www.summit.ngo

Mountains are exceptional. People from all over the world come to interact with this natural environment, whether for skiing, mountain-biking, hiking or simply discovering its exceptional panoramas. Where there is human activity, there is littering which endangers species and habitats, as well as humans, indirectly. Plastic, for example, breaks into smaller and smaller pieces within decades and can eventually enter the food chain. Through streams, lakes and rivers, the mountains are also directly connected to the oceans. The project will organise a Clean Up Tour in the mountains from April until September 2020, mainly in Switzerland, but possibly also in France and Austria. In addition to running 20 clean up events in mountainous areas and around ski resorts, each event will seek to engage with and educate volunteers taking part, as well as others in the area about the impact of litter on wildlife and habitats. An on-going awareness campaign will be run on social media and via media interviews.

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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