Galapagos Penguins are just one of the many unique species in Galapagos in need of our conservation efforts. (Photo by Andy Teucher)
Galapagos Conservancy focuses most of its attention and resources on four priority program areas:
In the area of Ecosystem Restoration, we work closely with the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS), local NGOs, Ecuadorian agencies and various US universities to rebuild healthy, balanced plant and animal communities and establish management strategies to ensure the sustainability of these communities in perpetuity. The restoration of giant tortoise populations is a major component of this work.
Our Knowledge Management Program is developing new ways to collect, store, share, and utilize information resources. The goal is to develop a unifying, accessible portal that will serve both as a destination for diverse data and as an easily accessible source of existing information that is needed for better public policy, research, and management. Partners in this work include Governing Council of Galapagos, the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS), local municipalities, ministries of the Ecuadorian government, Ecuadorian and international universities and individual researchers.
GC’s Sustainable Society program is based on the premise that long-term protection of Galapagos requires an economic system that is compatible with biodiversity conservation, an educational system that prepares citizens to be stewards of the archipelago, and a strong civil society dedicated to and engaged in Galapagos conservation. Together with local non-profit organizations, businesses, community leaders, municipal governments and cooperatives, we invest in educational reform (pre-k-12 and non-formal environmental education), building local capacity in areas such as sustainable agriculture and environmental management, and public fora to air concerns and seek solutions to the way society relates to key conservation issues.
In the area of Marine Conservation, we support the work of In the area of Marine Conservation, we support the work of the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park service and local non-profit organizations who seek to protect the distinctive species and habitats of the Marine Reserve. These must be preserved, not only for the intrinsic value of this uniquely diverse ecosystem, but also because its location at a major junction in global ocean circulation provides an unparalleled opportunity to understand and study global climate change.