At Galapagos Day 2023 we explored the power of rewilding to repair island ecosystems that have been degraded by human activity, explaining how projects like the restoration of Floreana island can act as a template for conservation efforts worldwide.
There is a growing realisation around the world that biodiversity loss needs to be reversed if we are to mitigate against the worst effects of climate change, and nations are now committed to protecting 30% of the world’s land and sea by 2030. Rewilding creates more space for nature and allows natural processes to drive the restoration of damaged ecosystems, often with a little helping hand from humans.
In Galapagos we are supporting projects to remove invasive species, create new habitat and reintroduce ‘keystone species’ such as giant tortoises to islands where they are now locally extinct. Rewilding also brings economic benefits to local communities by creating green jobs in conservation, regenerative farming and ecotourism. Rewilded land has a role to play in everything from carbon capture to preventing the transmission of zoonotic diseases, and can help to create a world in which humans thrive in balance with the natural world.
As well as enjoying stimulating talks from our speakers, Galapagos Day is an opportunity to speak to our staff and project partners, network with like-minded individuals, check out our Galapagos photography exhibition, meet our corporate partners and buy Galapagos merchandise including Christmas cards, wildlife adoption packs, photo prints and calendars.
Proceeds from this event will help to fund our conservation work in Galapagos.
Prof Alastair Driver
Dr Birgit Fessl
Charles Darwin Foundation
Dr Sarah Darwin
Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
His Excellency Mr Luis Vayas Valdivieso
Ambassador of Ecuador to the United Kingdom