Safeguarding biodiversity in the Galapagos Islands by enhancing biosecurity
and creating the enabling environment for the restoration of Galapagos Island ecosystems

GEF Funded Project
Country: Ecuador
Focal Area: Biodiversity

SUMMARY

The objective of the project is to safeguard biodiversity in the Galapagos Islands by enhancing biosecurity and creating the enabling environment for the restoration of Galapagos Island ecosystems.  This project aims to safeguard biodiversity in the Galapagos Islands by: 1) enhancing biosecurity across the Galapagos archipelago, 2) solidifying the social license and infrastructure to eradicate invasive vertebrate species from Floreana Island, and 3) translocating a previously extirpated keystone species (giant tortoises) to Santa Fe Island. The project will be carried out through three components:

  • Component 1: Furthering development of a state-of-the-art biosecurity system
  • Component 2: Solidifying the social license and infrastructure for the protection and recovery of Floreana Island ecosystems
  • Component 3: Advancing the recovery of island ecosystems following invasive species eradication through the re-establishment of keystone species (i.e. giant tortoises)

Project success will secondarily lead to a reduction in land degradation and improve ecotourism opportunities. Consequently, ecosystem services, agricultural production, and economic investments will be better secured on human-inhabited islands in Ecuador and beyond.

Approval Date: 13 December 2018

Duration in Months: 30

GEF Agency: Conservation International Foundation

Executing Agency: Island Conservation (IC), Galapagos National Park, Ministry of Environment of Ecuador​

Other Executing Partners: Galapagos Biosecurity Agency (ABG), Galapagos Conservancy (GC)

GEF Total Grant: US$ ​3,301,472

Cofinancing Total: US$ 18,325,000

​​Project Website: G​​EF-Secretariat Project Link

 

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