The Thumbs Up Hitchhiking Race 2011 will give full support to... Lietuvos Gamtos Fondas (Lithuanian Fond for Nature).
Here are the two ongoing projects participants will have the chance to give a bit of money for :
1. Helping to achieve coexistence between farmers and wolves
Lietuvos Gamtos Fondas will purchase dogs and special fences for farmers in northern Lithuania where wolves attack livestock. It should prevent these attacks to happen again, and hunters won't need to shoot wolves anymore. Lithuanian wolf and lynx populations are decreasing quite dramatically, so NGOs fight for their protection.
2. Editing of a fish guide for a sustainable use of ressources
Last year, Lietuvos Gamtos Fondas edited a seafood guide for consumers to educate them to eat fish in a sustainable way. It had received a huge success, all 2000 copies being given out to individuals, companies, cafes... The NGO now wants to print more, so as to contact the markets and food restaurants to educate them and involve them into this campaign, to stop selling or cooking endangered fish species.