In one of our projects, we are renaturalizing a stream that flows through our grounds.
VAUDE is committed to the conservation of biodiversity both on and off its premises, supporting various external projects as well. This is one reason that VAUDE, as a partner of "WWF Germany", supports a WWF project in the Caucasus, one of the world's most valuable biodiversity "hot spots".
The "European Outdoor Conservation Association" (EOCA) is the conservation organization of the European outdoor industry. In the past eight years it has bestowed over 1.5 million euros in awards for conservation projects.
Several conservation projects nominated by VAUDE have been honored by the EOCA, receiving 100% of the prize money for their ventures:
The Jablanica-Shebenik Mountains are among the most outstanding natural treasures in the Green Belt. This ravishing mountain landscape with relatively well-preserved beech forests and extensive alpine mats offers a home not only to endemic plants such as the Balkan Viola Gracilis, Dianthus Jablanicensis and Albanian Lily but also to brown bear, wolf and the Balkan lynx which is now in great danger of extinction.
Goal: the establishment of a cross-border National Park
EuroNatur has been working for years on long-term conservation of the large, connected areas of forest in the Jablanica-Shebenik Mountains. Together with local nature conservation organizations and with the support of national authorities in Macedonia and Albania, EuroNatur has set itself the goal of establishing a large-scale cross-border conservation area. Apart from the lynx, wolves, bears and the entire ecosystem, of which the predators form the apex, stand to gain from the protection measures.
Source: Euronatur: http://www.euronatur.org/Jablanica-Shebenik.589.0.html
Current status of the hiking path project: http://www.outdoorconservation.eu/project-detail.cfm?projectid=12
The initiative for Spanish bears is a wonderful example of how important it is even in seemingly hopeless situations to spare no effort in working for a better future. Alongside the fragmentation of their habitat it was above all illegal bear hunting that had very nearly made the large predators extinct in the Cantabrian Mountains.
Since the mid 1990s EuroNatur and project partner Fapas have been campaigning to secure this region in North Spain as a habitat for brown bears. Thanks to this unflagging work things are gradually but steadily looking up for the brown bears in the Cantabrian Mountains. Within ten years their numbers have almost doubled.
Source: Euronatur: http://www.euronatur.org/Bears-in-Spain.1444.0.html
Current status of the brown bear project: http://www.outdoorconservation.eu/project-detail.cfm?projectid=20
Some of the most ecologically significant agricultural natural areas in Europe are in Romania's Transylvania. They ensure high agricultural productivity and a lot of jobs.
Nevertheless, innovative approaches are needed so that these landscapes and communities can cope with the changes of the 21st century. Fundatia ADEPT performs integrative programs in which economic and social aspects are linked to the protection of biodiversity. An important part of each project is the development of knowledge and awareness of these relationships in the local community.
Jan Lorch (Chief Sales Officer and Head of CSR) is on the executive board of the "European Outdoor Conservation Association" (EOCA).