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A Darwin's finch perches on a marine iguana in the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands need your help

Galapagos is one of the most extraordinary places on Earth, but it is also particularly vulnerable. Plastic is arriving on ocean currents, littering its beaches. Invasive species are devastating birds, plants and the famous giant tortoises. And overfishing is taking a heavy toll on marine life.

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Galapagos giant tortoise

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Santiago land iguana project, Galapagos

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Waved albatross on Española island, Galapagos

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What we do

Galapagos Conservation Trust was founded in 1995 and is the only UK-registered charity to focus exclusively on the conservation and sustainable development of the Galapagos Archipelago and its unique biodiversity. We work with scientists, authorities, NGOs and local communities to tackle key threats to the unique biodiversity of Galapagos, including invasive species, plastic pollution, climate change and overfishing. Together with our project partners we gather the evidence needed for maximum conservation outcomes, whilst ensuring strong educational and communications campaigns garner public and political support for interventions.

Our impact

Blue-footed booby's feet, Galapagos Islands

87 p

in every £1 we raise goes directly towards conservation in Galapagos

Mosquera island, Galapagos

18.9 %

of Ecuadorian waters are now protected

The Galapagos land iguana, an important ecosystem engineer

£ 1.25 m

raised in 2022 – our best year yet

Galapagos sea lions

30 %

by 2030 – our goal for ocean protection

The latest from our blog

Marine iguana and lava lizard on Fernandina island
23rd May 2024
Citizen science Technology

Iguanas from Above: Drones, citizen science and machine learning

The Iguanas from Above project is using cutting-edge technology to assess the health of marine iguana populations across the Galapagos Archipelago.
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Lava lizard and plastic pollution in Galapagos
21st May 2024
Plastic pollution Technology

Testing the latest technology in the fight against plastic pollution

Henry Moreau-Smith, Masters student at the University of Exeter, introduces us to his research and the technology he hopes will rid the Galapagos Islands of plastic pollution.
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14th May 2024
Plastic pollution Women in science

Researching plastic and chemical pollution in Galapagos

Georgie Savage, PhD student at the University of Exeter, introduces us to her work on plastic pollution and shares stories from her recent research trip with GCT to Galapagos.
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Marine iguana expelling salt from its nostrils
2nd May 2024
Technology Women in science

How can we use technology to save the Galapagos marine iguana?

Andrea Varela of the Iguanas From Above project shares her experience studying the iconic marine iguana using the latest technologies.
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