Last week saw the launch of our new appeal, the Galapagos Future Fund. But what exactly is the Galapagos Future Fund, and what is it for?
About the Galapagos Future Fund
We have now reached a critical point in the history of the Galapagos Islands. There are many growing pressures putting the islands at risk, such as invasive species, climate change and an ever-increasing tourism industry. To avoid the extinction of iconic species, further loss of habitat and unsustainable development, a co-ordinated and all-inclusive initiative is desperately needed.
The Galapagos Future Fund provides a platform for supporting the scientific, cultural and educational projects that are essential to securing the future of the Archipelago’s unique wildlife.
We need your support to enable a combined and structured effort across a wide range of work. This will include pioneering projects to understand whale sharks, a species about which we still know barely anything about, through to ensuring the survival of mangrove finches by protecting them literally one egg at a time.
How will your support help?
Support for this initiative will be used across five essential project areas:
Conserving Endemic Species
The unique environmental conditions in Galapagos have led to the evolution of many plants and animals that are found nowhere else on earth.
The Galapagos Marine Reserve hosts an amazing diversity of marine life, including whale sharks, Galapagos penguins and marine iguanas.
Controlling Invasive Species
Invasive species pose the biggest threat the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. Introduced rats, insects and non-native plants are having devastating effects on endemic species.
Conservation Through Education
Lasting change must begin with educating today’s school children – our future conservation ambassadors!
The sustainable use of resources, managing waste efficiently, low impact tourism and best-practice housing are all hugely important for the continued conservation of the Galapagos.
Head over the Galapagos Future Fund website to find out more and to make a donation towards securing the future for the Galapagos Islands.
In next week’s blog articles, we’ll be delving further into these 5 project areas as well as looking at some of the recent scientific findings from the Galapagos…