We have successfully made it through to the public vote for a conservation project via the European Outdoor Conservation Association’s (EOCA) funding scheme. The conservation project will help restore the Paso del Istmo Corridor in Nicaragua for wildlife, specifically the endangered Black-Handed Spider Monkey. You can vote by clicking here before the deadline, 23 March 2017.
Black-Handed Spider Monkeys rely on intact forest canopies to survive and are highly sensitive to forest fragmentation. However, over 90% of forest has been lost in Western Nicaragua, combine this with the poaching of babies for the illegal wildlife trade and these monkeys have become the most endangered primates in Central America.
This project by Paso Pacifico will protect 40,000 naturally regenerating saplings and plant 60,000 native trees over 300 ha, to reconnect core forest habitats and also enrich existing forest patches with fruit bearing trees. The project will also support ecotourism by providing restored habitat, guide training and field guides to local groups developing forest tours, thus tackling poverty, the root cause of threats in this area. Finally, the project will enable over 100 children each year to get involved in conservation, and fund 7 community rangers to monitor and protect endangered spider monkeys against the illegal wildlife trade. For further information about Paso Pacifico, please visit www.pasopacifico.org.
Designed to harness the power of the outdoor industry and to raise money to donate to grass roots conservation groups, EOCA is a not-for-profit initiative from the European outdoor industry and is funded by membership and other fundraising activities within the outdoor industry. 100% of membership fees go to the support of projects and membership is open to anyone that can demonstrate an involvement in the European outdoor industry.
To view and vote for a project in the outdoor category, please visit the following link before the deadline on 23rd March 2017: http://bit.ly/1djJmQh