The Galapagos Biodiversity and Education for Sustainability Fund

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From left to right: Dr. Jorge Carrión (Environment Area Director of the GNPD), Santiago Dunn (Executive President of Ecoventura), Dr. Arturo Izurieta (Executive director of CDF), Eliecer Cruz (a member of CDF’s board). Photo: Jesús Gonzalez.

Written by: Julio Rodríguez

As part of a launch of the new “Galapagos Biodiversity and Education for Sustainability Fund”, a  Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Ecuadorian tour-company Ecoventura with the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and Mr. Eliecer Cruz Bedón, a prominent Galapagos conservationist with decades of experience leading conservation efforts in the archipelago. This fund will provide vital support the Galapagos National Park Directorate's (GNPD) environmental management work in addition to the CDF's scientific research and Ecuadorian scientist scholarship program.

“It’s important for people to know that there are conservation efforts by citizens and businessmen who operate in Galapagos and it's also an example for others to join this cause,” stated Dr. Arturo Izurieta, Executive Director of the Charles Darwin Foundation.  

Sam Rowley Bartolome_DSC2341-2.jpgBartolomé Island, Galápagos. Photo: Sam Rowley.

Ecoventura is a socially and ecologically responsible Ecuadorian-based tour operator and this new partnership is an extension of their impressive conservation efforts in the archipelago. They are also an in-kind donor and have generously allowed CDF to share their research projects aboard the M/V Galapagos Sky vessel. See details of an upcoming opportunity in December 2017 to travel in Galapagos with one of our Senior Researchers:

Pelayo sky.jpgOur scientists will have the opportunity to join the guest aboard the M/V Galapagos Sky to share CDF research projects first-hand. Design: Daniel Unda.

Since CDF raises its funds independently and relies exclusively on the generosity of its donors, there are high hopes of all the work that will be achieved with Ecoventura´s help. Moreover, this tourism company is setting an important precedent for responsible tourism and in the future other organizations will emulate their business model.

In essence, tourism and the wellbeing of Galapagos’ human population depend on the survival of the flora and fauna, so by supporting CDF, organizations will be able to ensure that their businesses and the conservation of the archipelago will last well into the future.

For more information about this environmentally responsible tour operator and to book a trip of the Galapagos Islands, please visit Ecoventura’s website.