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Honoring Galápagos National Park on its 65th Anniversary

Galapagos National Park is the first protected area of Ecuador. We celebrate the biodiversity and conservation impact on the archipelago. The National Park, established on July 4th 1989 is a sign of Ecuador’s commitment in protecting one the most unique eco-systems in the entire world.

Galapagos Conservancy is proud of the role Galapagos National Park Directorate has played in protecting World Heritage Site. Galapagos Initiative, our joint project with GNPD. This initiative has allowed us to achieve important milestones for the conservation of biodiversity and the natural beauty of this archipelago.

Washington Tapia said that GNPD was our primary ally. Washington Tapia said that the GNPD was our main ally. Without park rangers, our conservation mission would not be possible. Together, we restore eco-systems and recover species at this Natural World Heritage Site. “Park rangers are vital to conservation.”

Galapagos National Park was awarded for its outstanding management in 1978. It is a great example of how to conserve natural protected areas. It was a major factor in the development and promotion of eco-tourism. It helped to support local economies, and preserve the unique ecologies on the islands.

The Galapagos National Park is a conservation legacy that has lasted far beyond its founding. Ecuador has been taking steps to protect key species and areas in the archipelago since the 1930s. On September 8, 1978, the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site was added. It is the first time a site has been included on such a prestigious list. Galapagos Terrestrial Area is currently 97% protected. The native wildlife and humans must live in harmony.

Galapagos Conservancy affirms its commitment to support the tireless efforts made by Galapagos Donors to preserve Galapagos’ unique ecosystems. Galapagos National Park Directorate, in collaboration with us and the generous donations from Galapagos Donors, allows us to implement conservation techniques that protect this beautiful region.

Natural lagoon | Genovesa Island
Photo: ©Galapagos Conservancy