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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.



  1. George Acheson
    October 13, 2019 at 10:08 am

    I fully support the conservation of these coastal lagoons.

  2. October 13, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Anything to keep these areas clean and support local efforts

  3. D. Mullenger
    October 13, 2019 at 10:20 am

    I support the Paramo nomination.

  4. Andrew Ashman
    October 13, 2019 at 10:24 am

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

  5. Dr Pam Mynott
    October 13, 2019 at 10:25 am

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

  6. Tim Norris
    October 13, 2019 at 10:29 am

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

  7. Penny Adams
    October 13, 2019 at 10:32 am

    I support the Coastal Lagoons Foundation for the EOCA funding

  8. Sue Cason
    October 13, 2019 at 10:32 am

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

  9. Jonty Pike
    October 13, 2019 at 10:40 am

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

  10. October 13, 2019 at 10:41 am

    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.

  11. October 13, 2019 at 10:44 am

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

  12. Michael Allan
    October 13, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Good luck with your efforts.

  13. David
    October 13, 2019 at 10:55 am

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

  14. Robert Graham
    October 13, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Yes I would vote for Coastal Lagoons Foundation,

  15. October 13, 2019 at 10:56 am

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

  16. Lynne Rutherford
    October 13, 2019 at 11:00 am

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

  17. Steve Donohue
    October 13, 2019 at 11:05 am

    I vote for this!

  18. October 13, 2019 at 11:17 am

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

  19. Robert A NOBLE
    October 13, 2019 at 11:31 am

    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.

  20. Chris Duncan
    October 13, 2019 at 11:40 am

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

  21. John Hunter
    October 13, 2019 at 11:47 am

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

  22. Doug Milford
    October 13, 2019 at 11:54 am

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

  23. John McKean
    October 13, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Fabulous work, education and conservation programme.

  24. Tony Westcott
    October 13, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Please support the Coastal Lagoons project in Uraguay.

  25. Alan Dennett
    October 13, 2019 at 2:03 pm

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

  26. October 13, 2019 at 2:08 pm

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

  27. Wendy
    October 13, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    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.

  28. Ralph Bennett
    October 13, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Recommend this site

  29. Jerry Neville
    October 13, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Excellent cause; well worth all the support it can get

    October 13, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    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.

  31. Edward Redmond
    October 13, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Keep up the vital work, it is well worthwhile.

  32. R C P Wells
    October 13, 2019 at 7:27 pm

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

  33. Sue Barnes
    October 13, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    A worthy project

  34. Graham Bradshaw
    October 13, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    I support the Paramo nomination for the EOCA project

  35. Les Hatton
    October 13, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    I vote for this!

  36. October 14, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Act now to preserve all wildlife.

  37. Helene Jessop
    October 14, 2019 at 9:01 am

    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.

  38. Nigel Clark
    October 14, 2019 at 9:39 am

    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.

  39. Guy Moore
    October 14, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Good luck, good cause.

  40. Bryan Tucker
    October 14, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Good luck with the nomination.

  41. Simon East
    October 14, 2019 at 2:16 pm

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

  42. Robert Damerell
    October 14, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    I support this very worthwhile bid.

  43. Jo Murray
    October 15, 2019 at 11:31 am

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

  44. Jen Cartwright
    October 15, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    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.

  45. Liz Jamieson
    October 15, 2019 at 7:29 pm

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

  46. October 16, 2019 at 5:59 pm

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

  47. Pippa Hildick-Smith
    October 17, 2019 at 9:58 am

    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

  48. Steve Hadlington
    October 18, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    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

  49. Dianne Gilbertson
    October 19, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Please help with conservation of the lakes

  50. Adele Thornbury
    October 20, 2019 at 10:14 am

    This wonderful site needs protection .

  51. Anthony Peters
    October 20, 2019 at 10:14 am

    A very good cause to support.

  52. Frances Boaler
    October 20, 2019 at 10:21 am

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

  53. Mark Bailey
    October 20, 2019 at 10:22 am

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

  54. Gary
    October 20, 2019 at 10:32 am

    I support the Paramo initiative topromote Coastal lagoons


  55. Pete
    October 20, 2019 at 10:39 am

    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

  56. p mundy
    October 20, 2019 at 10:41 am

    so vital to support this strategically important area

  57. Alison Blinston
    October 20, 2019 at 10:51 am

    I endorse Paramos nomination

  58. Susan Hines
    October 20, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Wonderful improve the life and prospects of this planet.

  59. Peter Hardy
    October 20, 2019 at 11:13 am

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

  60. Chris Elphick
    October 20, 2019 at 11:23 am

    I strongly support Paramo’s nomination

  61. Melanie Woolf
    October 20, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Please protect this vital area.

  62. Camille George
    October 20, 2019 at 11:56 am

    A worthy cause.

  63. October 20, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Please support this very necessary conservation project.

  64. Charles Sharpe
    October 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    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.

  65. Sallyann Howlett
    October 20, 2019 at 1:48 pm

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

  66. Mr Barry Turner
    October 20, 2019 at 3:12 pm

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

  67. Jim Wilcock
    October 20, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    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.

  68. October 20, 2019 at 5:06 pm

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

  69. Eveline Wee
    October 20, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    I support this nomination

  70. Adrian Bornet
    October 20, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    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.

  71. Mark Berry
    October 20, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    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.

  72. R C P Wells
    October 21, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Please submit my vote.

  73. Marcia Watson
    October 21, 2019 at 9:23 am

    I vote for the Coastal Lagoons Foundation to receive EOCA Funding

  74. Mr Richard Bushell
    October 21, 2019 at 9:55 am

    I support PARAMOS nomination

  75. robert warrick
    October 21, 2019 at 5:36 pm

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


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