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Galapagos Celebrates 40 Years as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

September 9, 2018

GTRI and Park staff at the GNDP event

GTRI and Park staff at the GNDP event


This weekend marked the 40th anniversary of Galapagos being declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. In 1978, this title was awarded to the Archipelago for its collection of unique flora and fauna — many of which are endemic — which led to management of the Islands governed by a special regime that safeguards its conservation.

GTRI teamIn honor of the occasion, the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) held a public event showcasing their work and that of their partners. Members of our Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI) Team, including Director Wacho Tapia (second-from-right, above), enjoyed explaining the tortoise nesting and incubation process along with various other components of the tortoise breeding programs to those in attendance of every age.

Ecuador’s Ministry of the Environment wrote on Twitter that Galapagos was “the first site in the world to be included in the prestigious list of natural heritage sites, of which there are currently 222.” We remain grateful to play an important role in the conservation of this remarkable chain of islands.

Photos © Ros Cameron

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