On July 31, 2017 an agreement was signed by Ecoventura, Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park service and the Galapagos Biodiversity & Education for Sustainability Fund was established.
The funds raised by Ecoventura are to support research and conservation projects related to biodiversity conservation, such as research and monitoring trips, community outreach, scientific equipment, Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) boat maintenance and equipment, as well as to support projects related to education for sustainability, including scholarships for local Galapaguenos to study at a local or national university.
Notable dates in Galapagos history:
1935 Ecuador declared the Galapagos Islands a Wildlife Sanctuary.
In 1959 The Charles Darwin Foundation was established and marked the centennial celebration of the publication of Darwin’s Origin of the Species. That same year Ecuador designated 97% of the total land area of the archipelago as Galapagos National Park that shoulders the responsibilities of wildlife conservation projects including the protection of endangered populations, the eradication and control of introduced species, and the management of recreation and tourism.
In 1964, the Charles Darwin Research Station, the field branch of the Charles Darwin Foundation, opened its facilities in Puerto Ayora. In 2007, the station was renamed the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center and in 2017 a new exhibit was opened to honor Solitary George or “Lonesome George.”
It’s been almost 60 years since the Galapagos National Park Service joined forces with the Charles Darwin Station to dedicate their services to the use, conservation, and protection of the Galapagos Islands.
The Charles Darwin Research Station, an international non-profit organization, acts as the scientific arm of the Park Service. Scientists at the Station conduct conservation-based research and also train naturalist tour guides.
These are related conservation efforts to take care of the Galapagos Islands:
- Charles Darwin Foundation (http://www.galapagos.org)
- GalapagosConservacy (www.galapagos.org)
- Galapagos National Park (www.galapagospark.org)