Promoted by the European Outdoor Group, the EOG Association for Conservation has raised at least €527,000 since it was founded in 2006 in order to raise awareness about conservation and protection of the environment. Out of this amount, €11,000 was collected in a dedicate booth at last week’s OutDoor show.

Some of the money came from straight donations and some from the sale of products offered for this purpose by members of the association. The figure doesn’t include funds collected in the booths of three members of the association, CamelBak, Nikwax and Vaude.

During its three years of existence, the donations have enabled the associationto fund 21 different projects. Its almost 50 members can nominate up to three local conservation projects per funding cycle. Grants to awarded projects are available for up to €30,000 per project.

An additional eight projects have been chosen for 2009. They include the reconstruction of the important alpine passage of Gamsscharte in the Eastern Alps, promoting sustainable conservation and preservation between wildlife and humans in the Mamili National Park in Namibia, and producing and distributing an educational film about issues affecting local beach environments and recreational water users.

Other projects are concerned with stabilizing numbers and improving the habitat of the brown bear population, cultivating land that was claimed as “ecologically worthless” and creating important habitats for endangered and threatened wildlife.

Here is an overview of some of the latest projects that the EOG Association for Conservation is funding this year:

- Restoration/management of Sand Pits for Wildlife, Southern Bohemia – www.calla.cz – nominated by Rock Point

- New Virgin Forest Project, Czech Republic – www.cmelak.cz – nominated by Rock Point

- Makay Nature Project, Madagascar – nominated by Petzl

- Brown Bear Conservation, northern Spain – www.euronatur.org – nominated by Vaude

- Surfers Against Sewage Campaign, U.K. – www.sas.org.uk – nominated by Patagonia

- Protection of the Red-Footed Falcon, Bulgaria – www.bspb.org – nominated by Patagonia

- Reconstruction of Gamsscharte, Eastern Alps – www.alpenverein.de – nominated by Messe Friedrichshafen

- Human-Predator Conflict in Mamili National Park, Caprivi National Park, Namibia – www.biosphere-expeditions.org – nominated at last week’s OutDoor by Haglöfs.