CONSERVATION IN GALAPAGOS

Green Expedition Cruise Company Ecoventura to Encourage Guests, Others

AUTHOR Doris Welsh

MIAMI, FL, Oct. 12, 2011 – Ecoventura (https://www.ecoventura.com) , the company that cossets guests who opt to sail with its environmentally friendly fleet of small expedition vessels in the Galapagos, announces a 2012 scholarship program for local students from the islands of Isabela, San Cristobal and Santa Cruz to study conservation and ecology-related issues.

Santiago Dunn, President, said that his company has pledged up to $4,800 to cover the cost of 12 scholarships for one course/module for 2012. Guests aboard Ecoventura’s fleet will be invited to donate to the scholarship fund that is dedicated to training young people to become leaders in society and contribute to the sustainable development of the islands, a World Heritage Site.

Donations can be made by going directly to the EPI web site at: https://www.ecologyproject.org/donate/.

“Developing critical-thinking skills and a conservation ethic along with knowledge of the problems that threaten the sustainability of the islands are among the main objectives of the training program,” Dunn said.

The program is under the auspices of Ecology Project International (EPI), a non-governmental, non-profit organization https://www.ecologyproject.org/ whose main goal is to inspire conservation in young people through education and field science programs. Since 2003 over 600 Galapagos teens age 16-17 have been engaged in EPI, focusing on science, conservation and intercultural exchange.

The 2012 goal is to conduct six ecology courses for 12 students each, benefiting a total of 72 students from across the province. Students spend 50 hours in the field directly involved in conservation actions concerning invasive species and the health and release of turtles into the wild. At the end of the course the best students will be invited to join a four night Galapagos cruise. A $400 donation makes the course possible for one student.

About Ecoventura: Ecoventura is a family-owned company based in Guayaquil, Ecuador, with sales offices in Quito and Miami. In operation since 1990, the cruise company transports 4,000+ passengers annually aboard its fleet of three expedition vessels; Eric, Flamingo and Letty, identical, superior first-class 20-passenger motor yachts. The company also operates the M/V Galapagos Sky, a 16-passenger dedicated dive live-aboard offering 7-night weekly itineraries visiting the northern islands of Wolf and Darwin.

To reserve a cabin or private charter, or to receive a copy of Ecoventura’s 2012 catalog please call toll-free 1.800.633.7972, or e-mail info@galapagosnetwork.com. To access current rates, schedules and itineraries log on to www.ecoventura.com/.

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Ecoventura Company Contact:
Doris Welsh / doris@galapagosnetwork.com / Phone: 800.644.7972

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