The European Outdoor Conservation Association (Eoca) will be welcoming visitors at its stand in the West Entrance of the Ispo Munich show (close to our own booth for SGI Europe and The Compass) on Jan. 28-31, in Munich, where it will also hold its annual Conservation Fundraiser. Visitors who make a donation for conservation projects will in return get some gear donated by one of the 28 member companies of the association. The 2018 fundraiser will include jackets, packs, sleeping bags, climbing gear and hammocks, Eoca said.

The association is now close to planting 2 million trees, a target it launched in 2016 to celebrate the milestone of €2 million spent on conservation. Four member companies will be holding events on their stands at Ispo 2018 to help Eoca reach the target. The four companies are Bergans, Klean Kanteen, CamelBak and Kutupayisi (brand Puhu), which will be raising money specifically for planting trees in Nepal. Every €10 collected will translate into the planting of 25 trees. The Keen footwear sale will also be back at Ispo, on Monday 29th. Keen recommends that visitors register early for this sale, which saw people queuing around the booth last year. All the money raised at Keen's footwear sale will be put into a project selected in conjunction with Eoca in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, an area which is still suffering from the devastating effects of the tsunami in 2004.

Eoca ended the past year with 1,845,544 trees planted. Its fund-raising activities at the last Ispo and OutDoor shows generated revenues of more than €37,000. Beating previous records, €360,000 were committed by Eoca to conservation projects in 13 different countries in 2017. Of those, €59,000 were granted by four members – Keen, Original Buff, Osprey and Pomoca – for specific projects.