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Galápagos Conservancy’s Board of Directors Affirms Its Commitment to the Long-Term Conservation of the Galápagos Archipelago

The Board of Directors of Galapagos Conservation (GC) toured the Galapagos Islands in order to assess the effects and progress of conservation projects that were funded and implemented by this organization. The Board of Directors of Galapagos Conservancy (GC) visited the Galapagos Islands to evaluate the progress and effects of conservation projects funded and implemented by the organization.

The visit included meetings with partner organizations. One meeting was held at the Galapagos National Park Directorate to review the progress, success, and future needs for projects funded by GC and managed by DPNG. The partners reaffirmed that they would work closely with the park rangers in order to contribute to the recovery and survival of Galapagos’ threatened species.

The board also conducted a protocol to the Charles Darwin Foundation with whom GC is currently cooperating through a major grant project for a monitoring marine ecosystem. The Charles Darwin Foundation invited the GC Board to its research station. They also gave a brief overview of the marine project funded by CDF and showed them the impressive collections of plants and vertebrates. GC Board Members, many of whom were new to the organization appreciated the chance to learn more and expand the partnership with the Charles Darwin Foundation.

During the visit, Board Members also toured the Agency for the Regulation and Control of Biosecurity and Quarantine for Galapagos. They were impressed by Galapagos Conservancy ‘s commitment to helping ABG control and eliminate invasive species. GC Board Members fully understand the importance of ABG’s initiative and support it. Jean-Pierre Cadena (ABG’s Executive director) highlighted the importance of Galapagos Conservancy actively participating in the fight against invasive species.

Photo: ©ABG

The Board’s active participation in the second Conservation Actions Fair was another highlight of their visit. The Galapagos Conservancy funded many community projects at this event. The fair featured booths operated by a variety of beneficiaries, such as male and female entrepreneurs and partner institutions, like the Galapagos National Park Directorate and the Agency for the Regulation and Control of Biosecurity and Quarantine for Galapagos. The fair featured a cultural show featuring local artists that strengthened the attendees’ commitment to protect and promote sustainable development in Galapagos.

The Board visited Floreana island, where they learned about the efforts being made to eradicate rats and cats on the island. This is in preparation for the introduction of Giant Tortoises as part of GC’s Iniciativa Galapagos Program next year. The Board met with the first WISE awardee on the island. This island has approximately 150 residents, and 30 students and adolescents. The project involves the establishment of the first public library on the island, and was made possible by donations from Board members.

Photo: ©Galápagos Conservancy

Since its founding in 1985, Galapagos Conservancy is dedicated exclusively to the protection of the Galapagos Islands. Every two years, the Board of Directors travels to Galapagos to evaluate and monitor conservation efforts. Dr. Dan Sherman emphasized that we are proud to work closely with our partners and support the implementation of local conservation efforts. He also reaffirmed his commitment to work towards the recovery and restoration of habitats, as well as the development of sustainable Galapagos communities.