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Páramo nominates the Coastal Lagoons Foundation in Uruguay for EOCA funding.

Laguna Garzón – Flamingos (Phoenicopterus chilensis) – © Roberto Güller

Each year, the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) holds two funding rounds to find and choose conservation projects for the association to fund. As a member of EOCA, Páramo is actively involved in finding, choosing and nominating the projects that membership fees are spent on.

However, it is down to the public vote as to whether Páramo’s nomination is successful or not! Read on to find out why you should support Páramo in their nomination of the Coastal Lagoons Foundation, which will benefit from an EOCA grant of €30,000 if it receives enough votes…

Laguna de Rocha

The Coastal Lagoons Foundation promotes the conservation and regeneration of coastal lagoons in Uruguay and their adjacent land and marine protected areas, through environmental education, research and awareness raising.

Laguna de Rocha and Laguna Garzón lie 30km from each other in southeast Uruguay, are Ramsar and Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network sites, and home to several threatened species of mammals and migratory birds. They are threatened by increasing urbanisation, increasing day tourism and littering; clearing of native forest and scrub; poaching; overfishing; impacts from new infrastructure and degradation of sand dunes & sandbars. 

                                                                                                        Laguna de Rocha – © Roberto Güller 

Being out-of-the way areas, official waste disposal systems are inefficient. Plastic pollution is widespread and not only of local origin. Awareness needs to be raised amongst communities and visitors, many of whom consider cleaning beneath them and 100% a state responsibility.

If the public vote is successful EOCA will commit €30,000 to the foundation, which will be used to improve clean up equipment and experience, run more clean up events and hold education and community workshops to develop awareness, ecotourism and stewardship. Guiding and interpretive signage will be installed along improved trails to enhance the visitor’s experience and limit impact on biodiversity; and a pilot project to remove exotic/invasive species as well as a survey of microplastics will be undertaken.

Laguna Garzón cleanup, June 2019

The public vote runs until 21st October.



91 thoughts on “Páramo nominates the Coastal Lagoons Foundation in Uruguay for EOCA funding.

  1. I fully support the conservation of these coastal lagoons.

  2. Anything to keep these areas clean and support local efforts

  3. This is a fantastic cause

  4. I support the Paramo nomination.

  5. I fully support Paramo’s nomination for this excellent work.

  6. Wetland sites all over the world are at risk. They must be protected.

  7. I would like to vote for the Coastal Lagoons Foundation in Uruguay to receive EOCA funding.

  8. Glad to support the Laguna Garzon initiative.

  9. I support the Coastal Lagoons Foundation for the EOCA funding

  10. I am in favour of preserving beautiful and neessary habitats so future generations can take peaceful pleasure in the diversity of nature

  11. Please preserve your precious, environmental treasures for present and future generations of wildlife and people to enjoy.

  12. cngratualtions to Paramo for supporting wild lands that do not come to the public’s attention. I hope that a robust and supportive infrastructure will be put in place so this grant can be used to its fullest should the nomination go through.

  13. Conservation is the only way to protect our lagoons and mankind. Register my vote for EOCA.

  14. Good luck with your efforts.

  15. Any clean up of our planet can only be a good thing. Let’s support this

  16. Yes I would vote for Coastal Lagoons Foundation,

  17. I support Paramo’s nomination of the Coastal Lagoons Foundation in Uruguay for an EOCA grant

  18. Proud to support you.
    Good luck.

  19. It’s vital to help this area to preserve the lagoons and wild life

  20. I vote for this!

  21. I’m happy with the Paramo decision to nominate the Coastal Lagoons Foundation in Uruguay.

  22. Persuade all hill walkers to clear up all rubbish and plastic waste from our hills and beaches. I have even seen a hedgehog with its head stuck inside an empty yogurt pot.

  23. I support Páramo in their nomination of the Coastal Lagoons Foundation for additional funding.

  24. Great cause hope this is fully supported.

  25. It is vital to protect areas such as this and encourage the local community to value it, conserve it, and promote eco-tourism.

  26. A great cause that deserves additional support

  27. The Coastal Lagoons Foundation along with many other conservation & environmental protection projects rely on funding such as this to achieve their objectives.

  28. Fabulous work, education and conservation programme.

  29. A wonderful and worthy project to support !

  30. Please support the Coastal Lagoons project in Uraguay.

  31. Please take this as acknowledgement of my support and vote for the Uruguay Wetland project.

  32. I support the proposed donation to the coastal lagoons in Uruguay.

  33. The sickly state of our planets beautiful spaces is the fault of everyone, directly or indirectly.
    Any effort to reverse these symptoms is deserving of help.

  34. I support paramo nomination.

  35. Recommend this site

  36. Excellent cause; well worth all the support it can get

  37. Laguna de Rocha and Laguna Garzón deserve protection not just because of their importance to wildlife, but also for their importance as a place where people can appreciate nature.

  38. Keep up the vital work, it is well worthwhile.

  39. Páramo support for this project is enough to ensure my vote.

  40. A worthy project

  41. I support the Paramo nomination for the EOCA project

  42. I vote for this!

  43. Act now to preserve all wildlife.

  44. I would like to see this project supported.

  45. Please ensure money is put towards education so people change their habits (ie, they don’t litter and littering is seen as socially unacceptable behaviour, not a perverted kind of human right), and effective measures to control damaging developments, manage the habitats better. Simply running an effective litter removal services is not the answer, though every effort should be put in using litter removal to highlight its damage to the environment and wildlife – and perhaps adverse impact on tourism income.

  46. Every contribution to help the conservation areas on this planet are extremely important, especially those in exposed areas with additional challenges such as this.
    Please take a positive step as the donation will be invaluable down there. Thank you.

  47. Good luck, good cause.

  48. Good luck with the nomination.

  49. Coastal Lagoons Foundation in Uruguay for EOCA funding is a worthy cause.

  50. I support this very worthwhile bid.

  51. This is so important. We all contribute to the mess one way or another so we should all be responsible for dealing with it.

  52. I support the Paramo bid wholeheartedly. Urbanisation is happening all over the world and is causing havoc with the numbers of birds and habitats for animals. This project could do so much to stop this relentless diminution of bird and fauna numbers.

  53. Education is the the key to providing effective and efficient conservation to preserve wildlife ,sea and lands.

  54. I support Paramo’s nomination. Already I support the RSPB and other organisations that care for people and the environment.

  55. The coastal lagoons foundation gets my vote for your funding because of the important work it does in protecting and conserving this area of outstanding natural beauty and wildlife

  56. I wish to add my vote to Paramo’s nomination for the Coastal Lagoons Foundation. It’s a wonderful thing to commit to. Good luck to all involved

  57. Please help with conservation of the lakes

  58. This wonderful site needs protection .

  59. A very good cause to support.

  60. Sounds like a pretty good cause to me. I have wanted to visit for some time – maybe one day…..

  61. Single use plastic needs to be removed from society and the environment will improve immediately. Worthy cause and worth supporting

  62. I support the Paramo initiative topromote Coastal lagoons


  63. Well done Paramo, This is a great nomination, and will help ensure a positive response to lagoon conservation, and indeed greater environmental awareness across Uruguay

  64. so vital to support this strategically important area

  65. I endorse Paramos nomination

  66. Wonderful improve the life and prospects of this planet.

  67. All wetlands need protection, so why not this one? Protecting wildlife from man-made debris should not be beneath anyone; education is paramount.

  68. I strongly support Paramo’s nomination

  69. All Nature is important and ALL should be preserved

  70. Please protect this vital area.

  71. A worthy cause.

  72. Please support this very necessary conservation project.

  73. Just give them the money it a good worth while project, We as human beings have met up in the past and know we need to put it right.

  74. We should be doing everything we can to safeguard our beautiful world.

  75. I support Parao’s nomination, and as an avid bird watcher in the UK and abroad, think these are great choices.

  76. I fully support the nomination of Paramo for the clean up and ongoing stewardship for the Laguna de Rocha and Laguna Garzon, so they may be preserved and enjoyed by future generations.

  77. I would like to support this nomination on behalf of Paramo for their continuing support of ecological groups throughout the planet.

  78. I support this nomination

  79. This is such a worthwhile project, not only to clear the area of litter, but to improve the environment for wildlife while informing visitors of the important conservation needs.

  80. I support Pàramo’s nomination of the Coastal Lagoons Foundation in Uruguay for EOCA funding.
    A fantastic hard working group of people who desperately need this funding to protect a fragile area.

  81. Please submit my vote.

  82. I vote for the Coastal Lagoons Foundation to receive EOCA Funding

  83. I support PARAMOS nomination

  84. Cool environmentally friendly activity

  85. I and my wife support
    paramo’s application for their projects
    from EOCA finding


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