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The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) Grant Program is looking for PLASTIC CLEAN UP projects; on beaches, rivers, lakes, mountains and trails.

The TWO MAIN areas that MUST be addressed in your application are:

        Protect, enhance or restore threatened key species, habitats or broader ecosystems in ‘wild’ areas: EOCA defines ‘wild’ areas as non-urban environments and ecosystems occurring in as natural a state as possible, given the area’s location and use. This may include for example moorland, hills, mountains, coasts, rivers, forest, grassland, peatland and ocean areas. ‘Key’ species, habitats or ecosystems are defined here as those which are threatened, those which play a ‘keystone’ function, or those which are indicators of broader ecosystem health. The project must identify and address the key threats to the species, habitats or broader ecosystems, and how it will protect and /or enhance them. Innovative solutions to ‘old’ problems will be especially welcome!

        Consider the needs of the outdoor enthusiast: As highlighted above, the project must enhance the experience of outdoor enthusiasts as well as protecting the identified species, habitat or broader ecosystem from any negative impact by their visits. Projects may, for example, enhance a visitor’s experience by protecting a threatened species they might then see, or protect an area by ensuring trails / rock faces / waterways and /or associated information / education keeps visitors from damaging fragile habitats or disturbing vulnerable wildlife.

Your application should include 3 easily identifiable and measurable outcomes to show how the project will address the issues. They should consider:

        Conservation measures addressing specific issues and root causes: What are the identified threats to the species / habitat / ecosystem? What are the impacts of these threats? How are these threats going to be eliminated, alleviated or better managed? How will the habitat / ecosystem be protected, enhanced or restored? How will the project deliver the desired outcomes? How will the experience for the local community, the visitors and the habitat be enhanced in the long term?

        Involvement / engagement of local people: In order for a project to be sustainable, it is vital that local people are fully engaged. If local communities and also communities of interest are not involved, they may not feel any need or desire to ensure that the good work that has been started continues into the future. Obviously, if specialist work needs to be carried out, relevant experts may need to be brought in, but wherever possible, projects will involve the local community, giving them ownership of the project and its outcomes, and contributing to their livelihoods during and after the project.

        Education and communication: Education and communication should be aimed at both local communities and visitors. Education should include communicating responsible ways of enjoying the project area, suggestions as to how visitors and locals can reduce threats to the species, habitat or ecosystem, and ways in which they can help protect the biodiversity of the project area. How will you reach the potential visitors to the area effectively and communicate with the local community, and how will this process continue once EOCA’s funding for the project has finished?

EOCA will also NOT support projects:

        Which are party political or linked to religious groups

        Covering general overheads, maintenance costs or salary payments

        Seeking the acquisition of buildings

        Promoting violent or illegal action

        Involving lobbying governments / campaigning on environmental issues

The types of project EOCA will NOT support (unless they are primarily hands on conservation based / linked with local biodiversity loss / education about conservation etc) are:

        Projects in urban areas

        100% community or social projects

        100% research / PhD’s / MSC’s / expeditions / conference attendance

        100% education projects

        Building projects

        Installation of alternative energy

        Alternative / sustainable transport

        Waste management projects (unless linked to detrimental effect on local biodiveristy / education of recreational users of the area). This includes local community recycling / incinerating projects.

        Animal welfare and rehabiliation of captive animals

Project applications MUST:

        protect a threatened species or habitat;

        have a link to the outdoor enthusiast; AND

        involve hands-on practical conservation work.

Eligibility Criteria

        Non profit organisations can apply to EOCA for grants of up to €30,000 to implement a conservation project in any country around the world except North America (US and Canada – where the Conservation Alliance provides funding for conservation efforts from the North American outdoor industry).

        Members of EOCA can nominate up to three projects (from different, or the same organisations) each year. If you, as a conservation organisation, do not have any personal contacts to their members, please do not worry! Apply directly and if your project gets onto the shortlist, we will help you find a nominator!

Deadline: 30-Jun-2020For more information, visit https://www.outdoorconservation.eu/project-info.cfm?pageid=20