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Why GC is Different

Galapagos flamingos photo by Enrique Ureña

Galapagos Conservancy believes in the power of collaboration and investments in local capacity. As a result, GC has avoided increasing its footprint (physical infrastructure, staff, etc.) in Galapagos, favoring investments in local and national organizations that, in the long run, will have the authority and responsibility for protecting this extraordinary world treasure. We are dedicated to our role as facilitator and catalyst, having worked “behind the scenes” for almost two decades with leadership at the Galapagos National Park, the Charles Darwin Research Station, local municipalities in Galapagos, and other NGOs. 

By building partnerships and leveraging already existing capacities within Galapagos organizations, we can enhance what already exists to achieve greater success.  Our institutional mission and objectives are completely aligned with the work of key conservation institutions in Galapagos and with the Government of Ecuador. 

Our staff is fortunate to be able to call on an extraordinary network of international scientists and their institutions to help us answer questions and respond to critical issues. We turn to these experienced Galapagos scientists to provide context and perspective, as well as lead short-term projects designed to answer key conservation management questions posed by the Galapagos National Park Service.  Other characteristics that set us apart include:

  • Galapagos Conservancy focuses exclusively on Galapagos, while other international conservation organizations may have programs fluctuate and change based on institutional priorities.
  • Galapagos Conservancy staff has extensive experience in Galapagos.
  • Galapagos Conservancy partners with the key organizations in Galapagos that work in both conservation and development of a sustainable society.
  • We are part of an international network of “Friends of Galapagos” organizations (FOGOs) that works cooperatively to combine resources and experiences to address key issues in Galapagos. 

Our work is focused and agile, and we are able to target financial support immediately to an issue and provide technical backup where needed.

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