Voting has started for projects in the alpine category of the online poll organised by European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA).
The conservation project that has the most votes will win a grant of €30,000 (£25,000).
One of the five projects is backed by World Land Trust (WLT). Aiming to conserve the iconic Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) in Ecuador, the project has been developed by Fundación Jocotoco (FJ), one of WLT’s four conservation partners in Ecuador.
Vote for the Andean Condor
Click the Vote Now button and you will be directed to the voting page of the EOCA website. The Andean Condor project is at the top of the list.
People can only register one vote, so please ask your friends, family and colleagues to vote as well.
Multiple votes from the same IP address (ie most offices) may not be counted so please vote from a home computer if possible.
The focus for the conservation work is Antisanilla Biological Reserve, which shelters the most important nesting and roosting site for Andean Condors in Ecuador. The reserve is owned and managed by FJ.
Winning £25,000 for conservation measures in Antisanilla will make a real difference to the future of the Andean Condor in Ecuador. Classed as Near Threatened by IUCN, the Andean Condor is in decline in Ecuador.
Charlotte Beckham, WLT’s Conservation Programmes Coordinator, has been coordinating the bid. She is urging all WLT’s supporters to vote for the Andean Condor: “We won the poll in 2014 with a project to save the Caucasian Leopard, so let’s repeat that success for the Andean Condor in 2015!”
FJ will use the grant to develop an ecotourism programme. If the tourism value of the Andean Condor can be demonstrated, along with related economic benefits to the local community, this is likely to lead to a reduction in human persecution of the Andean Condor and to contribute to the financial sustainability of the reserve.
Other elements of the grant proposal include restoring wetlands for the Andean Ibis (Theristicus branickii), by fencing cattle out of sections of the reserve and tree planting to restore both the páramo and Andean forest habitats.
The grant will also be used to enable FJ staff to continue to study the Andean Condor as part of a project supported by The Peregrine Fund and the National Andean Condor Work Group. Their monitoring work to date includes tracking condors that have been fitted with transmitters.
The Andean Condor project was nominated for the poll by Nikwax, a WLT corporate supporter and a member of EOCA.
The vote runs from 16 March and closes on 30 March.