Making a difference through Conservation

As described previously, 100% of funds raised from membership fees, and funding raised from other sources such as events at OutDoor and ispo are ploughed into grassroots conservation projects that have been nominated and then voted for, by the membership.

The projects that have been supported in the past two years include:

John Muir Trust – Scotland, UK; nominated by Haglöfs

The John Muir Trust raises money to purchase areas of highly valued habitat and recreational land. The land is then managed, benefiting the inhabitants, visitors, wildlife and the habitat itself. The mountain of Schiehallion in Scotland counts up to 20,000 ascents each year which caused severe erosion of the footpath to the summit. Funding allowed the footpath to be resurfaced using locally quarried stone and volunteers to carry out the work.

proMontBlanc – France, Italy, Switzerland; nominated by Patagonia

proMontBlanc is an umbrella organisation which aims to protect the Mont Blanc Massif. The funding has allowed it to increase its environmental and sustainability indicators in the area, using such issues as glacier condition, biodiversity, forests, tourism and traffic. The data was collected in the three countries with the analysis and findings to be published every three years.

Travel for Others Onlus – Nepal; nominated by Ferrino

This project aimed to modify the impact of tourism in the vulnerable Thame Valley, Nepal, by educating visitors. An environmental trail was built up the valley, involving the local population in the siting and construction work as well as the compilation of information for the trail, and now educates trekkers using the trail itself.

Sdružení Krajina, Wet Meadowland Trust, Czech Republic; nominated by Rock Point

The project bought or rented approximately 12 hectares (ha) of increasingly rare designated sphagnum wet meadowlands. The Association’s support allowed for a programme of works to protect and enhance the land, including bridge building, removal of invasive species and hand mowing on a further 75 ha. More than 160 landowners and other stakeholders were involved.

Kyrgyzstan Mountain Project; nominated by Mammut Sports Group

Kyrgyzstan is becoming an increasingly popular mountain tourism destination. The most commonly climbed peak is Pik Lenin, yet the discarding of rubbish on the mountain is not only an eyesore but also polluting watercourses. The project aims to build a collaborative network to directly tackle this issue, developing ecological and sustainable tourism in the area along with measures to clean, re-habilitate and improve trails, shelters and base camp areas.

Projects for 2009

Early this year, 25 projects were submitted by the membership, of which eight were chosen for funding for 2009 to the tune of €200,000! On 17th July at 1pm in Room Berlin, Foyer East, during the OutDoor show in Friedrichshafen, the projects that the Association will be supporting for 2009 will be officially announced. There will also be presentations by some of the projects themselves to explain a bit more about what their project aims to achieve. Come along and find out!

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the EOG Association for Conservation or would simply like to know a bit more, please contact Tanya on tanya.bascombe@eogconservation.org

Other Association events at OutDoor 2009 include:

  • Fundraiser: “Something for Conservation” Make a donation, pick up some great gear, and help support conservation! – 14.30hrs Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10.30hrs Sunday, Stand Foyer West, outside Hall A1. Unique Association waterbottles available on CamelBak’s stand Hall B1- 100
  • The “Age of Stupid” movie as part of the Movie Nights, sponsored by Pertex, Thursday 16 July, 18.30hrs Hall A2
  • “Live for the Moment” talk by Timmy O’Neill sponsored by Patagonia, about climbing El Cap with his paralysed brother. Saturday 18 July, 17.00 Room Switzerland, Foyer West – free beer.
  • Come and visit the Association at Stand Foyer West, outside Hall A1
  • Grab your free Matchstick Garden – take them home and watch them grow! – sponsored by Mammut Sports Group
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