Galapagos Conservancy’s new website reflects not only the extraordinary biodiversity we have come to know in Galapagos, but also our commitment to keep the connection between our supporters and the Galapagos Islands dynamic and current. We invite you to interact with us, to provide feedback via our blog posts, and to be an active part of an international community that cares about and advocates for this unparalleled place.
We will be inviting a number of distinguished Galapagos scientists to “blog” with us. We are also asking local NGO leaders and other resource managers in Galapagos to give us their perspectives on conservation issues, trends, and concerns. Hearing from a variety of voices in Galapagos will provide important context and perspective. I hope you find their words compelling.
During the process of uploading information to our new website, I was reminded daily of the challenges still unmet in the Islands. Examining the human history of Galapagos, we see the repeating pattern of exploitation and unsustainable industry. As we post information describing the magical blue world of the Galapagos Marine Reserve, we are also keenly aware of the impact of climate change on marine habitat. Talking tortoises, as we love to do, we can speak with great pride on the many successful restoration programs undertaken by the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Foundation, but we do so noting that other iconic Galapagos creatures, such as the Blue-footed Booby and the Vermillion Flycatcher, are in decline.
The dynamic nature of Galapagos requires a resident population to balance their needs and opportunities with the overarching goal of biodiversity protection and sustainability. Many of the programs in which Galapagos Conservancy is involved include strengthening education and civil engagement. Please take some time to read about this and other efforts undertaken in collaboration with Galapagos residents.
There is still mystery in the world of Galapagos, species that are being named and discovered, and interlocking ecological processes that we are still trying to understand. The Galapagos Islands still offer opportunities to learn about dynamic evolutionary processes. Visitors to Galapagos are transformed by their interactions with wildlife that show no fear of humans and of landscapes found nowhere else.
I continue to be dazzled by what Galapagos is and continues to become, and I look forward to sharing these experiences with you here on our new Galapagos Conservancy blog.
President of Galapagos Conservancy