In our last blog we introduced the European outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) and the global work they do to conserve wild places and ecosystems for future generations. We at Snugpak are proud to be a member of such an organisation that has, so far, delivered 64 projects in 36 different countries having raised 1.54m Euros from it’s members.
The projects have been wide ranging, so although the members come from Europe, the projects are not simply limited to the continent. Each campaign requires a member to nominate it and then the members vote on it. This means that the members have a democratic say in what projects are funded and, so far, successful projects have been delivered in places such as the Eastern Tyrol and Scotland (repairing trails), projected the brown bear in Spain, saved an ancient forest in Sweden from logging and cleaned a mountain in Kyrgyzstan – amazing.
As a member, Snugpak has nominated the project to restore the stunning mangroves at Love Hill, Andros in the Bahamas.
Mangrove forests are groups of tress and shrubs that live in a coastal intertidal zone. There are around 80 different species of mangrove tress in tropical and sub-tropical regions throughout the world. They provide a critical resource for a number of reasons as follows:
Mangroves provide a physical habitat and nursery grounds for a wide variety of marine organisms (the intricate root system protects fish and other organisms from predators)
They stabilise the coastline by reducing the erosion from storms, tides and currents. Water quality and clarity is provided by mangroves as they filter run off and trap sediment and debris from the uplands. Unfortunately, the mangroves in Andros have been affected by the installation of 3 roads over 50 years ago. Although culverts were installed to maintain water flow these are now broken or clogged and, where no culverts were installed, the mangroves are only nourished during high tides when the water floods the roads. As a result, the mangroves have degraded. Pine trees have invaded, the mangroves are clogged with marine litter and they smell of methane.
This issue has a significant knock on effect to the Andros Barrier Reef which is the third longest barrier reef in the world. The damage to the mangrove has reduced the habitats for fish, birds, turtles, sea mammals and invertebrates, which are all vital for cleaning algae which settles on the Andros Barrier Reef.
The project Snugpak is nominating will restore 96 hectares of mangrove by cleaning out, repairing and installing culverts on all 3 roads and by replacing the invasive pine trees with native species. By restoring the mangrove habitat, the fish populations in the open ocean will benefit and the health of the barrier reef will also be improved. Love Hill, Andros will be restored as an attractive area to explore, bird watch, kayak, swim and walk in.
So please, we ask for your support for this amazingly valuable campaign and hope our fellow EOCA members vote for this project. Vote via the European Outdoor Conservation website http://www.outdoorconservation.eu/project-voteng-category.cfm?catid=5/>