Securing a Sustainable Future for the Galápagos Islands

Geographical location:

Latin America/Caribbean > South America > Ecuador

Latin America/Caribbean > South America > Ecuador > Galapagos Islands

Galápagos National Park Colony of Marine Iguanas with the Fernandina Volcano in background Fernandina Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
© © Martin Harvey / WWF-Canon

Summary

An oceanic archipelago of 13 large islands and more than 100 smaller ones, the Galápagos houses the secrets of Earth’s evolutionary processes, and is a scientific and natural treasure.

Since the early 1960s, WWF has channelled its technical and financial resources, as well as training, equipment, and infrastructure to support conservation efforts in the Galápagos. The goal of WWF's Galápagos Program is to ensure ecological integrity, economic prosperity and social equity for the future of the islands and the people who live here.

WWF builds on this vision by also working to preven tthe extinction of rare and important terrestrial species while ensuring that non-inhabited islands remain pristine. WWF has focused its work in areas that present the best opportunities to confront the challenges and threats faced by the archipelago, including management of fisheries to ensure sustainability of fish stocks, improvements in the management of solid and hazardous waste, migration control, and sustainable tourism.

WWF is also working at a macro-scale to ensure that the Galápagos remain a pristine and iconic natural treasure. Efforts include working with the government to ensure that the proper standards and management schemes are in place to preserve the unique ecosystems and biodiversity of the Galápagos over the long term.

Objectives

1) The creation and implementation of a new tourism management system for the Galápagos.

2) The introduction of a new management plan for the Galápagos Marine Reserve’s (GMR) spiny lobster fishery.

3) An evaluation of the current overall master management plan that governs the natural resources of the GMR.