The Galapagos archipelago will mark its 60th anniversary since being declared Ecuador’s first protected area in 1959, as the island still faces continuing challenges to remain a standard bearer of world conservation.
Ecuador’s government recognized the great efforts made toward the conservation of the island complex located in the Pacific, about 1,000 kilometers west of the countries coast.
It is exactly this remoteness, along with special policies, which has allowed the islands to remain one of the few pristine spaces on the planet.
Visiting the Enchanted Islands “is like making a trip to the first days of creation and finding there its most primitive inhabitants, the unique species of fauna and flora” said Valencia.
Therefore, it is everyone’s task to protect this fragile ecosystem that Ecuadorians preserve for all humanity, because it is already “a heritage of the world.
Studies have shown that 95 percent of the original biodiversity of the islands to date is well conserved,” and the other five percent had been being damaged for centuries, before this area was declared a protected area.
The Galapagos is still one of the unique pristine sites in the world, many actions have been held to keep it that way, for example, eradication of goats introduced into the islands which had a considerable impact on several of the Islands, as well as rats, which are still to be totally eradicated, or the wild blackberries.
But above all, the successful recovery of giant tortoise populations, which there are already more than 7,000 that have reproduced in breeding centers and repatriated to different islands.
The Galapagos archipelago, made up of 13 large islands, six small islands and 42 islets, is located in the Pacific and thanks to its rich biodiversity is considered a natural laboratory that allowed English scientist Charles Darwin to develop his theory on the evolution and natural selection of species.
Here in Vía Natura we value the efforts the government is doing to make Galapagos a more sustainable travel destination, we must all work together to preserve the paradise Ecuador is, and encourage others to see what’s happening all around the world due to the climate change and make a difference. Tourists will keep visiting Ecuador and we must do everything in our hands to protect the environment and still make it the beautiful destination Galapagos has always been.
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