The European Outdoor Conservation Association has launched its latest online public vote to help it allocate funding to conservation projects.
The Switzerland-based organisation runs two online votes a year to help it distribute its grants. In the current vote over 5,000 votes were made in the first four days.
The Association creates a shortlist of funding applications before presenting them for a public vote. Projects address a threat to a species or a habitat and have a link to the outdoor user. The three categories are:
- Nature projects are those projects concerned with the conservation of a specific species or habitat.
- Outdoor projects are those projects which are located in places where people go to walk, bike or enjoy water activities.
- Alpine projects are those projects located at higher altitudes.
Voting for the first two categories runs from 1-22 March 2016, and voting for alpine projects runs from 8-22 March.
The next public vote will take place in October 2016.
In the UK conservation charity Trees for Life is on the shortlist and is hoping to receive a grant for its Rewilding the Highlands project. This would help it secure habitat creation for rare and endangered wildlife such as golden eagles and Scottish wildcats, the planting of 50,000 trees and provide a boost for wildlife tourism.
How to apply
Nonprofit organisations can apply to the Association for grants of up to €30,000 to implement a conservation project in any country around the world except North America.
Members of the European Outdoor Conservation Association can nominate up to three projects. The next application round runs from 1-31 July 2016.
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