The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) has launched its public online voting, which will help the association select the projects it will fund this fall. In line with the current Plastic Free: Mountain to Sea campaign, all the projects on the shortlist are involved with the issue of single-use plastic.
EOCA conducts two rounds of funding each year, including two online polls in which EOCA supporters, its members and the projects seeking support participate to decide which projects to fund. The first scheduled public vote in spring coincided with the lockdown and other Covid-19-related issues and unfortunately had to be canceled. Instead, EOCA members voted in a private ballot and selected three projects. Since the financing for the rest of the year has become more secure and the partners are adapting to new ways of operation, a public vote can now be held again.
The projects are divided into three categories: Land, Marine and Freshwater, but they all deal with the problems of single-use plastic, which include cleaning up habitats where plastic is already present and causing damage to the environment and wildlife, working with and educating communities and visitors to reduce the source of the plastic and prevent it from getting there in the first place, and in many cases introducing processes and solutions to leave a lasting legacy to combat the problem.
Voting is open until Oct. 22 at 12.00 (BST)/13.00 (CEST). Participants can vote once per electronic device in each category by clicking here.