Co-Galapagos is an initiative launched in 2021 by King’s College and the University of Cambridge (represented by Dr Sophia Cooke) to promote collaboration, cooperation and coordination to achieve the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda in Galapagos.

A image listing the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals

It has two main components – increasing collaboration and cooperation among researchers and increasing opportunities and support for community participation and engagement in sustainable development. Through this second component, which was set up in partnership with Fundación un Cambio por la Vida (FUNCAVID; represented by Daniel Proaño), Co-Galapagos channels funding for conservation and sustainable development in Galapagos directly through the community, increasing local participation and capacity-building.

Two women are sat at a desk with laptops and face masks, behind them is a room full of people as part of a Sustainable Development Goals workshop in Galapagos

Lucia Norrís and Sophia Cooke taking part in the Sustainable Development Goal workshop in Galapagos © Co-Galapagos

The initiative links donors to specific resident-run projects that support the SDGs, enabling them to choose exactly where their money goes and to see the outcomes of their donation. By collating projects directly from the community and fitting funding opportunities to them, Co-Galapagos allows efficient progress to be made towards the SDG Agenda, while increasing expertise and economic resources within the local community of Galapagos. More information and available projects can be found on the Co-Galapagos website.

If you would like to donate to Co-Galapagos, please include the project you are donating to in the ‘leave a message’ text box when completing your donation. By donating through this page, you are agreeing that Galapagos Conservation Trust can share details of this donation with Co-Galapagos, including your name, donation amount and project supported.