Project Description

FLOREANA ISLAND

GALÁPAGOS ARCHIPELAGO, ECUADOR

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Floreana Giant Tortoise on its namesake island. Credit: Andrew Wright
Karl Campbell Floreana galapagos island conservation

The co-design process with the community and partners has proven to be the greatest strength of the Floreana project, where conservation means more than protecting endangered species—it means working with the local community to find solutions that work for everyone to build a more sustainable future.

KARL CAMPBELL
Latin American Regional Director

Of all the Galápagos Islands, Floreana has the highest concentration of animals threatened with extinction caused by invasive species. The community of 140 people has seen the impact of biodiversity loss in their daily lives.

Although removing multiple invasive species from the island is a complex undertaking, it is an opportunity to build a more sustainable future for Floreana wildlife and residents.

Over the past year, Campbell’s team has worked to help build agricultural infrastructure to boost long-term productivity of chickens and reduce the impact of free-range livestock. They also finalized management plans with community members and initiated trials to protect native wildlife during the project.

As part of a broader plan for long-term sustainability, the team and community are developing sustainable farming and recycling practices and improving waste management. Floreana residents are eager to see their island free of invasive species. Funding dependent, Island Conservation, and our partners plan to implement the removal of invasive species in 2021.

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Floreana community member holds a rooster on his farm. Credit: Andrew Wright
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