Galapagos Day 2022

Save the date!

Join us this October to hear from the experts working in the field to save species from tortoises to birds.  

Despite ongoing efforts, biodiversity is declining globally, including in Galapagos. According to UNEP, this decline is projected to worsen with business-as-usual scenarios. The UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) is set to address these issues in autumn 2022 on a global scale, but we want to explore the causes behind these declines in Galapagos, and what can be done about them. 

Despite seeming pristine, the Galapagos Islands are under threat from a suite of issues, which are causing declines in the unique species found there. The impacts from climate change, plastic pollution, development and invasive species, mean that over 80 species on the Islands are now classed as Endangered or Critically Endangered.  

However, GCT is working to reverse these declines through ground-breaking projects. We are supporting partners to investigate wildlife health, such as that of the iconic Galapagos giant tortoise; undertake vital research to ensure the effective management of the new Hermandad Marine Reserve; and restore habitats on islands such as Floreana, which will be the first inhabited island in Galapagos to have rats and feral cats eradicated.  

The work that we support has already had amazing effects, such revealing species that are thought to have gone extinct such as the leaf-toed gecko on Rabida island and leading to the expansion of the Galapagos Marine Reserve in order to protect migratory sharks. But our work doesn’t stop here – we need to prevent extinctions.  

Speakers will include:

Monty Halls (host)