EOCA Earth Day Fundraiser Success

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The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is delighted to reveal that its first online fundraiser this year has been a great success.  Following the cancellation of the in-person event of ISPO in January, when the association would normally have held a fundraiser to raise money for its conservation projects, the event was moved online to coincide with Earth Day on 22nd April.  With the support of a number of EOCA members, the organisation has raised nearly €27,000 to add to this year’s conservation project funding total. (more…)

EOCA Funding Announced for New Conservation Projects

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Following a tense few weeks during an online public vote and subsequent members’ vote, the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is delighted to announce the newest conservation projects it will be supporting this year.

In line with its current Plastic Free: Mountain to Sea focus and its target to clear 3000km of habitat, trail and beach of plastic waste and pollution, all projects concentrated on the removal of plastic pollution from wild areas, in tandem with education and awareness-raising strategies to change habits and practices to stop it getting there in the first place.   With nearly 44,000 votes cast for the 14 shortlisted projects over a tense two-week period, three projects were chosen by the general public in an online vote, which was also hosted by Mountainblog.eu and Mountainblog.it.  A further three projects were chosen by EOCA members:

Paddling, Cleaning, Teaching, Aprender, Brazil: will raise awareness of the issues of marine plastic pollution amongst local communities and schools as the project travels down the Atlantic Forest Protected Coastal Area on stand up paddleboards!  1000km of beach cleans, activities and events en route will raise awareness and engage 10,000 people to get involved in coastal and marine conservation.

Fishing Plastic: Magdalena River Clean-Up, Fundacion Colombia: This will focus on the cleaning of the main lagoons and beaches in the  Chocó-Magdalena-Tumbes Biodiversity Hotspot, through nine ‘Fishing Plastic’ events over 40km. The project will work with fishing villages to improve waste management,  run workshops for schools, and plant 5,000 trees to benefit local primate species.

Plastic Free Woodlands, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, UK: Plastic guards are critical to enabling young trees to survive, yet there are now millions of single-use plastic tree tubes littering the UK landscapes, which are disintegrating and polluting soils and waterways.  This project will remove redundant tree guards over eight hectares for reuse or recycling, engaging communities and volunteers in tackling the problem, and trialing a number of alternatives.

Stop the Alps becoming Plastic Mountains, Italy: The aim of the A⅃ꟼ project is to safeguard high alpine habitat, by working with mountain huts to eliminate single-use plastic items and develop procedures which can then be shared and implemented with other huts.  The project will organise 15 clean-up events to clear 150km of trail and mountain habitat and educate alpine guides, park staff, local schools, and the tourism sector.

Clear the Bay by Day, Morecambe Bay Partnership, UK: Morecambe Bay is the largest intertidal area in the UK, and a national biodiversity hotspot, but an epidemic of personal protective equipment is adding to an ever increasing amount of plastic pollution. The project will work with sporting groups to eliminate single use waste from events and carry out 42 clean ups along 210km of beach, cycleway and trail, involving local groups, visitors, and organisations.

Dos Manos, Save the Med Foundation, Spain: The Balearic Islands are a popular tourist destination and a hotspot for marine biodiversity in the Mediterranean, which is increasingly affected by plastic pollution either through ingestion or entanglement. This project will organise 527km of land and sea clean-ups involving tourists, volunteers, outdoor companies and schools. Workshops will help highlight solutions to plastic pollution issues.

 

Working in collaboration with The North Face, EOCA has also helped find three projects for the company to support through The North Face Explore Fund, which successfully launched in Europe last year.  The 2020 projects are as follows:

Purposeful Adventures, Trash Free Trails, UK: will run 100 clean-up events over 1000km for riders, runners and hikers, involving over 4,000 people during Autumn Litter Watch and Spring Tour de Trash campaigns.

Explore with Purpose, Planet Patrol, Germany: combines 18 litter picking events with water-based adventure activities along rivers and watercourses, encouraging people to get active, whilst simultaneously protecting nature from the harmful effects of litter.

Mountain Clean-Up, Summit Foundation, Italy: will organise 7 clean-up events in mountainous areas of northern Italy, seeking to engage with and educate those taking part about the impact of litter on wildlife and habitats.

A further four projects are being funded by EOCA Summit Members this year:

Conservation of Ringed Seals, Finnish Association for Nature Conservation – this is the fifth year in a row that POMOCA has funded this organisation, to conserve this threatened population of freshwater seals

Cleaning up the Wadden Sea, Stichting Duik de Noordzee Schoon, The Netherlands – funded by KEEN, this project is running diving expeditions to clean up this World Heritage area of the North Sea following the loss of a large number of containers and cargo from the MSC Zoe in 2019.

Fell Care Days 2020, Friends of the Lake District, UK – conservation days to empower communities to look after their local landscapes around the Lake District National Park, funded by Smartwool

The Tarkine Wilderness Project, Bob Brown Foundation, AustraliaOrtovox is funding the creation of an app to help promote the value and significance of this wonderful wild area in an effort to protect its forests from logging.

Tanya Bascombe, Joint General Manager of EOCA said, “It is very exciting to be able to announce some good news, despite everything that is going on around the world at the moment.  Each of these projects are undertaking vital conservation work in the fight against the tide of plastic pollution we are all causing, tackling the issues at source and working to stop it getting there in the first place.”

More information on all these projects can be found at this link.

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EUROPEAN OUTDOOR SUMMIT UPDATE – Save the date

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The European Outdoor Group (EOG) is pleased to confirm the re-scheduled dates for the eighth annual European Outdoor Summit (EOS) will be 7th – 8th October 2021.

This is a ‘save the date’ so block it off in your calendar. The location of Annecy, the Imperial Palace as our venue and the collaboration with Outdoor Sports Valley all remain the same.

The desire to meet up and interact has never been more yearned for, and there will be many insights and stories to share a year on from now. We therefore look forward to announcing a new title and theme that reflect the current climate and challenges that we all have to face up to.

In place of the EOS 2020 we are extremely proud to announce SUSTAIN THE MOMENTUM, a digital two-day event in partnership with Suston Magazine. During the 18th – 19th November, this virtual get together, will bring you sustainability pioneers and activists from the outdoor community who champion interesting solutions that explore two main themes that are particularly relevant for the outdoor community at this historic point.  (more…)

Getting Europe Active … at Home!

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“Lovers of the outdoors across Europe continue to face restrictions in what we can do outside, and when and where we can do it. For now, we must all stay patient and follow the rules. When we eventually emerge from this crisis, the hills, mountains, valleys, parks and coastlines will still be there waiting for us.

In the meantime, we can continue to find ways to be active in and around our homes, exercising the body and mind in all sorts of ways. The outdoor industry has a long record of innovation and imagination and that is really obvious now more than ever. Our #outdoorsathome project has gone from strength to strength in the last month. Use the link below to access loads of inspiration and practical ideas that people of all ages can put into practice at home, wherever they live. (more…)

EOCA’s spring funded projects announced

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Following a nail-biting members’ vote, the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is delighted to announce three projects which will receive funding from the organisation this Spring.

The rapidly changing global circumstances over the last 2 months unfortunately led to the cancellation of the popular public online vote to help EOCA chose its first funded projects of 2020.  However, following a record number of 120 applications late last year, the members’ private vote went ahead as planned over the last 2 weeks, presenting 6 shortlisted projects all looking for support for their vital conservation work.  Despite lockdown and working from home, the largest number of EOCA members to date got involved in having their say.

The first three projects to be funded this year are: (more…)

EUROPEAN OUTDOOR SUMMIT POSTPONED UNTIL 2021

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It is with regret that, due to the uncertain current situation with COVID-19, the European Outdoor Group (EOG) has taken the difficult decision to postpone the European Outdoor Summit (EOS) until 2021.  The Summit will take place in Annecy, France, in the autumn, and the EOG is currently looking at suitable dates, which will be announced shortly.

This decision has been made as a result of consultation with Outdoor Sports Valley (OSV), the EOS partners for 2020 and the EOG board. Due to the impact that COVID-19 is having on our industry, as well as the different stages of development of the virus in different European countries, combined with the general uncertainty, the EOG believe that the best decision is to postpone the event to ensure its value for all involved. (more…)

EOCA’s Plastic Pledge Makes a Difference
at ISPO 2020

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The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is proud to announce that at ISPO 2020, around 85% of its exhibiting members plus 13 non members implemented its Plastic Pledge, avoiding the use of single-use plastic when serving refreshments on their stands.  These actions, together with those taken by Messe München, DB Schenker and individual visitors at the show significantly reduced plastic waste from the show.

Prior to OutDoor by ISPO 2019, EOCA launched its Plastic Pledge, calling on exhibitors to reduce their single-use plastic waste produced at the show. The Pledge committed exhibitors to not use or provide single-use plastic bottled drinks, to take all possible measures to avoid single-use plastic food or drink items and to provide a source of drinking water for visitors and staff to use to refill their own bottles and mugs throughout the 4 days. In addition, EOCA provided guidance notes on reducing other single-use plastics associated with attending tradeshows.  At OutDoor by ISPO 2019, 60% of EOCA members signed and implemented the Pledge.  Interest grew, and EOCA was delighted that by ISPO 2020, around 85% of EOCA members had signed the Pledge, as well as 13 non-members of EOCA.  In addition, many individual visitors signed up to support the Pledge on the EOCA stand and many more purchased reusable bottles, cups and flasks to use around the show and beyond.

Camelbak and Klean Kanteen served fabulous coffee at the show – but only into reusable cups. In total, they served around 2000 coffees and so saved 2000 single-use cups being used.  EOCA worked with Messe München who supported the aims of the Pledge by providing access to kitchens in all halls for washing of reusable items and installed hydration stations in half of the halls.  Single-use carpet at the show was also reduced, a move that EOCA very much supports and hopes to see reduce further at future shows.

DB Schenker is responsible for storing all of the boxes of products generously donated to EOCA by its members for sale at the shows and then transporting them to and from the EOCA booth. Traditionally, these boxes are shrink wrapped for the journey on the pallet trolley between the storage area and the stand.  Prior to the show, EOCA asked DB Schenker if reusable items could be used to secure the boxes and were delighted when they immediately agreed. In fact no materials were used to secure the boxes stacked safely on the trolley.  It is estimated that this saved 5kg of single-use shrink wrap being used. As well as reducing plastic waste, this has reduced our carbon footprint at the show.  Not using 5kg of shrink wrap saves the production of 13kg of carbon dioxide equivalent*.  One tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent is estimated to be around the size of a hot air balloon.  It is easy to see how the various actions taken at this show through the plastic pledge will have saved many carbon emission equivalents, and more importantly, how we can reduce many hot air balloons of carbon emission equivalents by expanding the actions we all take to reduce single-use plastic use at this and other shows.  (more…)