AUTHOR Juan Bastidas
CONSERVATION IN GALAPAGOS
Ecoventura Funds The Galapagos Biodiversity and Education for Sustainability Fund (GBESF)
AUTHOR Juan Bastidas
As part of our commitment to provide passengers with a sustainable tourism experience in the Galapagos Islands, we are constantly collaborating with worthwhile organizations who share a love of the islands and work to protect them.
For that reason, on July 31, 2017, Ecoventura signed an agreement with the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and the Galapagos National Park (GNP) to establish the Galapagos Biodiversity & Education for Sustainability Fund (GBESF).
From right to left: Eliecer Cruz (former governor of the board), Dr. Arturo Izurieta (executive director of the CDF), Santiago Dunn (Executive President Ecoventura), Dr. Jorge Carrion (Environment Area Director of DPNG)
The purpose of this fund – GBESF – is to combine our efforts in support in research and Galapagos conservation that will help protect the Islands and ensure the diverse ecosystem is not only surviving – but thriving for years to come.
Our goal at Ecoventura is to raise at least $150,000 for the fund each year. To reach that goal, all proceeds or net revenue from cabins sold on two cruises will be donated to the CDF for the fund.
The week of May 13-20 2018 will be on our dedicated dive liveaboard the M/V Galapagos Sky, and the week of September 2-9 2018 will be on the MV ORIGIN, our luxury vessel.
Our guests can help by booking a cabin on either departure. And, our partners who sell our trips also have the option to donate their commission or portion thereof to the fund. Those who choose to do this will be recognized on our website and social media.
Despite government protection, the Galapagos Islands still face problems such as the introduction of invasive species that compete with native species, illegal fishing, unregulated tourism, illegal migration and population growth.
The fund will contribute to many different projects related to biodiversity and Galapagos conservation. Some examples are monitoring trips, community outreach, scientific equipment, and Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) boat maintenance and equipment. Support will also be provided for projects related to sustainability education, including scholarships for Galapagueños to study at a local or national university.
The Charles Darwin Foundation was established in 1959 and has been supporting scientific research of the archipelago for almost 60 years. Their collaboration with government agencies, scientists, educators, researchers, and volunteers has played an important role in Galapagos conservation, restoration, and sustainable development of the Galapagos. We are proud to partner with this esteemed organization along with the GNP to protect the region for future generations.
Choosing to cruise with Ecoventura is more than just signing up for a vacation to tour the Galapagos. Choosing Ecoventura is also choosing to invest in the long-term health of the archipelago through sustainable tourism and our efforts to give back to the community.
If you are interested in traveling with us and helping to support conservation through the GBESF, please contact us today to reserve your cabin!