The European Outdoor Conservation Association, or EOCA, is a collection of businesses working within the outdoor industry that have joined forces to raise funds to put directly into conservation projects worldwide. It’s a fantastic way to give back to the great outdoors. In the 15 years since EOCA started, 145 projects totalling almost €4 million have been supported and for every new member that joins, more money gets invested. Many of our clients are EOCA members, as are we here at Spring PR. A business of any size can join no matter how big or small. We’ve caught up with the team at EOCA to find out more about what your membership means.
Where does the money go? Every penny of your annual membership fee will go directly into projects around the world, meaning your membership directly funds conservation. EOCA gives companies a bespoke environmental giving programme without any in-house administrative staff or cost requirements.
Is EOCA successful with its conservation efforts? With 145 projects supported in 59 countries to date, EOCA is extremely successful in what it does. You can stay up to date with EOCA’s latest news here.
The more members the better, right? Absolutely. There is strength in numbers. Sharing resources with other forward-thinking outdoor companies makes a huge difference. Together, members have raised nearly €4 million for conservation since the start of the Association in 2006.
How do the conservation organisations get selected? EOCA performs a rigorous screening process, all with a link to outdoor enthusiasts. Projects supported include repaired trails in the Eastern Tyrol and Scotland, protected raptors in Bulgaria and Georgia along with brown bears in Spain and red squirrels in the UK.
How can we make a difference in the outdoors as part of our day to day lives? EOCA has a really handy Tread Lightly section, which talks you through how to enjoy your favourite outdoor activities whilst minimising your environmental impact. You can read it here.
Join EOCA and make your commitment to conservation. More details about the benefits of becoming a member can be found here.
Featured image: Organisation – Banco de Bosques Project – Walk the Trail! Bog Protection in Patagonia