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Thanks to the generous ongoing support of its members, the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is delighted to be in a position to provide its largest grants ever, to fund conservation projects in important wild landscapes around the world.  The association’s annual autumn public vote will run over the next two weeks, and everyone is invited to help choose projects to be funded.  In line with the association’s two year focus Wild for Nature: EOCA’s Landscape Legacy Project, all projects on the shortlist will tackle the issues of biodiversity loss and the climate emergency.

Following the rigorous assessment of over 200 funding applications, eight projects that best fit EOCA’s funding criteria, and which the association would be pleased to fund, have been selected.   EOCA is now asking outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers to get involved to help chose which projects receive funding.

For the public vote, projects have been divided into two categories: ‘Water’ and ‘Wild Places’, depending on the habitats that the projects will be working in. Participants are invited to select their favourite project in each category. By also encouraging colleagues, suppliers, customers, fans, family, friends and followers to take part, all the projects involved will benefit through raised awareness of their vital work on an international platform. The project with the most votes in each category will receive the funding they have requested from EOCA. Following the public vote, members of EOCA will be invited to take part in a members-only vote to have their say on further conservation be funded.

Catherine Savidge, Joint General Manager commented, “In line with our current focus ‘Wild for Nature: EOCA’s Landscape Legacy Project’ we are delighted to have shortlisted projects that address loss of nature in different landscapes around the world. Thanks to funding made available by EOCA members, this autumn, we have been able to increase the maximum size of the grant offered to each of the applicants to €60,000, so increasing the impact that we can have on the ground in these important landscapes.”

The public vote is now live and will run until 12.00midday (BST)/ 13.00 (CEST) on 26th October here.