The European Outdoor Conservation Association (Eoca) has announced the three projects that received the most votes in their respective categories at a recent public vote – the first of its two annual public online votes to help it choose which conservation projects to support. The three projects that obtained the highest number of public votes at this round, among the 44,000 votes that were posted online, are: The Himalayan Cleanup, India, nominated by Grangers, in the Mountain category; Bird Watching to Reduce Plastic Pollution, Brazil, nominated by Pertex, in the Nature category; and Campaign for a plastic free Ria Formosa, Portugal, nominated by Paramo, in the Ocean category. People could vote once in each category among 14 projects in 16 different countries. A private vote, this time for Eoca members only and open until April 30, will now decide two more projects to fund. All projects address a threat to the habitat, engage and benefit local communities, and have a link and relevance to outdoor enthusiasts.