New projects, new partners, same mission! EOCA at ISPO Munich 2017

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New projects, new partners, same mission! At ISPO Munich, Tanya Bascombe (EOCA General Manager) presents EOCA lastest news.

Interview: Jessica Ceotto
Video shooting and editing: Davide Dal Mas

Funds, Friends and Far-Reaching Ambitions
at OutDoor 2016

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Funds enough for a new project, three new members and an ambitious scheme to plant 2 million trees around the world were all part of the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA)’s story at last month’s OutDoor trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany!

Travel and Adventure clothing company prAna, Czech distributor WarmPeace and adventure product company Eagles Nest Outfitters Inc (ENO) all joined the organisation at the show or immediately afterwards, showing their commitment to looking after the wild places their customers love to visit. Joe Jansen, International Sales Manager for prAna was thrilled to join EOCA, saying “This is a logical and natural partnership for prAna, tying in closely with our own company ethos and we cannot wait to get more involved”. Pavel Habētín, Manager of WarmPeace was so excited about its new membership that he took managers Tanya and Catherine to meet several colleagues in the hope of encouraging their companies to join up as well! Finally Adam Cohen, International Sales Manager from ENO was keen that the company join EOCA before it officially launches its products in Europe in 2017 – to show its solid commitment to the environment and the European market from Day One. He said,” We are extremely proud of our “Giving Back” programme in the US.  Our products have allowed individuals to adventure and sleep lightly all over the world and by supporting their efforts in the conservation of wild spaces, EOCA is the perfect partner to help us continue our mission further afield”. (more…)

EOCA Tree Planting Ceremony at OutDoor Show 2016: Video Interviews With Anna Maria Rugarli and Dr Nick Brown

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2016 is EOCA’s 10 year anniversary, and this summer, the Association and its members are celebrating having raised and given €2 million to conservation projects around the world in that time – by launching an ambitious project to plant 2 million trees, leaving a lasting legacy from the European outdoor industry.

Watch the video interviews with Anna Maria Rugarli (President of EOCA) and Dr Nick Brown (Linacre College – University of Oxford) during the Tree Planting Ceremony at OutDoor Show 2016.

Interviews: Jessica Ceotto
Video shooting and editing: Andrea Monticelli 

Celebrating Ten Years and €2 Million with the planting of 2 Million Trees – EOCA at OutDoor 2016

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downloadThis is an important year for the EOCA (European Outdoor Conservation Association). During 2016, the Association is celebrating its 10 year anniversary and having raised and spent an incredible €2 million on conservation in that time! To mark these milestones, an ambitious plan to plant or regenerate 2 million trees around the world is being launched at OutDoor.

Starting with a founding meeting organised by the European Outdoor Group (EOG) in the summer of 2006, a handful of companies offered their support to an organisation that would raise money from the industry to put back into protecting and restoring the wild places they loved to explore. Ten years on and EOCA boasts nearly 130 members and the funding of around 10 new projects each year. With an annual reach during its public vote of up to 36 million consumers, and project achievements including trees planting, wilderness protection, mountain trail restoration, rubbish clear-ups and species conservation, there are many exciting stories to tell.

In order to celebrate, EOCA is launching its most ambitious project yet. Having raised €2 million, it is laying down ambitious plans to plant 2 million trees. By replanting, re-wilding, restoring and regenerating. Trees, shrubs, bushes, mangroves. There will be the opportunity for everyone to get involved – whether as a member company of EOCA, part of the outdoor industry community or as an individual, helping the Association to achieve its goal. An enormous celebration – and what a legacy! (more…)

Conservation Worth Celebrating at OutDoor 2016

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eoca 10 years2016 is a year of celebration for EOCA (European Outdoor Conservation Association). Two important milestones have been reached, new members have joined and there is a large number of events planned at the OutDoor Show next month in Friedrichshafen to mark the successes and continuation of the Association’s good work.

Not only is EOCA 10 years old, this summer the organisation, with the support of Europe’s Outdoor Industry, will have raised and given over €2 million to conservation projects around the world in that time. With an ever-increasing membership, the money available to protect and restore the precious landscapes the sector relies on for its livelihood grows each year. New to the Association are members Ortovox Sportartikel GmbH, high alpine, climbing equipment and clothing brand; Portuguese urban outdoor clothing, footwear and equipment brand Berg Outdoor and HDWool, sustainable internal insulation producers for the outdoor clothing industry. Kristin Pache, Product Director of Berg Outdoor said, “Although we are a relatively new company, we are very clear that we want to play our part for the environment and support EOCA. There are always ways to improve what you are doing and we are constantly striving to be better.” (more…)

EOCA Conservation Vote Now Live!

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EOCA-web-bannerThe bi-annual European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) public conservation vote has started in earnest and anyone with an interest in protecting or restoring wild spaces, species and habitats is being asked to go online and have their say as to which of the proposed nature conservation projects should receive funding of up to €30,000.

The ever popular spring vote, which has taken place each year for the last 6 years, asks the public to help EOCA choose projects from three approved shortlists. The project in each category (Nature, Outdoor and Alpine) with the most votes will each gain funding of up to €30,000. As well as raising awareness of what the European outdoor industry and EOCA’s member companies are doing to conserve and protect wild spaces, the voting process is also a massive opportunity for many of these conservation organisations to put themselves on an international stage for the first time, gaining new support for their work along the way.

The public vote has attracted huge interest internationally over the years with national radio stations, politicians, presidents and celebrities all getting involved in encouraging people to join in. The coverage increases each year with the process reaching a staggering 31.5 million people in 2015. This is therefore a valuable tool in raising awareness of critical conservation issues around the world.

Joint General Manager of EOCA Tanya Bascombe said,”This is always an incredibly exciting time of year for us and for the projects as we see many thousands of people getting involved to have their say as to which of these vital projects should be supported for the coming year. Each project has already undergone a rigorous assessment, which has then been reviewed by a panel of scientific advisors, before getting on to the shortlist, so we would be extremely happy to fund any one of those taking part.”

Voting in each of the three categories is now open. You can read about all of the projects looking for funding and vote by visiting or

EOCA at ISPO – Celebrating 10 Years of Conservation

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The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) began its tenth anniversary year in style at ISPO, by raising nearly €7000, hosting an After Work get together, and by being supported by members organising other fun and fundraising activities to mark the occasion.

Since EOCA was founded, €1.8 million has been raised and spent on conservation by the Association. This money, raised from and by member companies all operating in the European outdoor industry, has funded conservation projects in 36 different countries around the world, and made a real difference to many landscapes, habitats and local communities.

Twenty EOCA members kindly donated gear to the EOCA Conservation Fundraiser, held everyday on the EOCA stand. In addition, the Scandinavian Outdoor Group and Goal Zero collected further funds for the Association during happy hours they hosted during the show. The ISPO After Work, hosted by EOCA and KEEN outside in the A1/B1 atrium was very popular. Many people enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, music and free drinks, as well as the table football and conservation photo booth. A small number of limited edition EOCA insulated mugs produced by Stanley – A PMI brand, were very popular and quickly sold. The Dirty Water Challenge organised by new EOCA Member LifeStraw drew a lot of attention to this innovative product. Whilst enjoying the fun, visitors also generously made donations to EOCA at the bars. In total, €6786 were raised during the four days of the show. (more…)

EOCA 10th Anniversary – Video Interview With Anna Maria Rugarli

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ISPO 2016, Anna Maria Rugarli (President EOCA) talks about the 10th Anniversay of EOCA, the goals achieved during this period of time and the future aims. Watch the video interview!


Interviews: Andrea Bianchi
Video shooting and editing: Andrea Monticelli

EOCA at ISPO – Celebrating 10 Years of Conservation

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fade_823AF5B1-E9B7-8235-A5057B81481EC1DFDuring 2016, EOCA will be celebrating all that it has achieved in the ten years since the Association was formed. Celebrations will start at ISPO in Munich this month, with new members joining up, an After Work get together, plus fun and fundraising activities to mark the occasion.

Since the Association was founded, €1.8 million has been raised and spent on conservation. This money has funded conservation projects in 36 different countries around the world, and made a real difference to many landscapes, habitats and local communities. It has been spent on replanting and protecting forests, maintaining trails, removing rubbish, restoring habitats and protecting endangered species that people hope to glimpse sightings of when exploring the outdoors, such as snowleopards, red squirrels, tigers, birds of prey, deer and orangutans.

The €1.8 million has been raised by EOCA members. Currently 126 companies from the European outdoor industry are members of the Association and 100% of their annual membership fees are spent on conservation. Two new members have joined this January to ensure that more money can be put into conservation in the future. EOCA is delighted to welcome Throne, a Swedish outdoor garment supplier and WaterNlife, whose personal, portable water filters are award winning, into EOCA membership.

Further money is raised for conservation through fundraising events held at ISPO and OutDoor each year. And this year is no exception. At ISPO this month, EOCA will have a brand new stand in the West Entrance. All day, everyday, there will be a great range of gear – all generously donated by EOCA members – available in return for a donation for conservation. The Scandinavian Outdoor Group will also be collecting donations for EOCA during their happy hour each evening, 17.00-18.00 hrs at A2.224.

There will be celebrations during the ISPO After Work, hosted by EOCA and KEEN. Everyone is invited on Monday 17.30-20.00hrs in the atrium between A1 and B1. There will be free drinks for early arrivals and food available, plus free Glühwein with the purchase of a Stanley mug. There will a fun atmosphere at the event, with activities such as the LifeStraw Dirty Water Challenge being organised by WaterNLife, and an entertaining photo booth adding to the occasion.

Catherine Savidge, Joint General Manager of EOCA said, “We very much look forward to celebrating the 10 year anniversary of EOCA with members of the Association at ISPO. Together, we have achieved significant conservation successes around the world and we look forward to working with them and our newest members in the future.

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EOCA Voting has finished! Suilvan Path Restoration
Wins in the Alpine Category

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Apologies for the delayed final result, EOCA has been checking and double checking the votes that came in in the last 24 hours!

So the final result for the Alpine category is as follows …. total votes 12,087!
  • Winner – Suilvan Path 6267
  • Gorillas – 3633
  • Obsolete Facilities – 909
  • APOLLO – 899
  • Bergwald – 379
Congratulations to the John Muir Trust on their success, EOCA is look forward to working with you.  And a huge congratulations to every other project – it has been a very exciting 2 weeks!

Once again a big congratulations to all of you, thank you so much for taking part.  For anyone who would like to apply again, EOCA will next be accepting applications on its website from 1-30 November.

Final report with the reults of all the categories…coming soon!