In the area of Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation, our primary focus is the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative, carried out in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) and a group of international scientists. We also work closely with the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), local and international NGOs, Ecuadorian governmental agencies, and various individual scientists from both US and Ecuadorian universities to protect, conserve, and restore healthy, balanced plant and animal communities, both terrestrial and marine, and establish effective science-based management strategies to ensure the sustainability of these communities in perpetuity. In all of our work, we support the development of effective and efficient Knowledge Management systems that are easily accessible and user-friendly, and we support the development of enhanced capacities in all fields at the local level. View our key funding areas for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation.
GC’s Sustainable Society program is based on the premise that long-term protection of Galapagos requires an educational system that prepares citizens to be stewards of the Archipelago, an economic system that is compatible with biodiversity conservation, and a strong civil society dedicated to and engaged in Galapagos conservation. Our primary work, the Education for Sustainability program, is carried out in collaboration with the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education, local non-profit organizations, and the model school, Tomás de Berlanga. Additionally, we support local businesses, municipal governments and cooperatives in their efforts to create viable economic opportunities which enhance and sustain the extraordinary biodiversity of Galapagos. We also work with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Galapagos Biosecurity Agency and other governmental institutions to help in their efforts toward sustainable agriculture, stronger and more effective quarantine and control systems, and well-planned urban and rural development.
Photo credits: Galapagos tortoise © Paul M. Gibbons; Galapagos classroom © Teachers-to-Teachers International