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The success of any conservation program requires the development of strong partnerships with a wide range of organizations to create a multifaceted approach toward a united goal.

 

NGOs

Welcome to the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station! Photo by Lori Ulrich

Welcome to the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station!
Photo by Lori Ulrich

Galapagos Conservancy’s primary non-governmental partner in Galapagos is the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (CDF).  For more than two decades, GC and CDF have worked together to ensure that CDF’s critical role as technical advisory to the Government of Ecuador on the management of the Galapagos Islands and Galapagos Marine Reserve remain strong and uninterrupted. 

GC has several projects with local organizations, including FUNDAR (Foundation for Alternative Responsible Development), to support citizen engagement in public policy and oversight, as well as educational projects on Santa Cruz Island to ensure full engagement of local youth in the important work of biodiversity conservation. We work with the Scalesia Foundation on creating new educational models for Galapagos students, and creating a long-term strategic plan for the model school Tomas de Berlanga. 

We have been fortunate to work, via conservation projects, with World Wildlife Fund, the Peregrine Fund, and The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community (UK) on urban and rural planning measures on Santa Cruz and Floreana Islands.


University Partners

A Brown Pelican comes in for a landing. Photo by Regina Dehard)

A Brown Pelican comes in for a landing.
Photo by Regina Dehard)

Galapagos Conservancy has supported several projects spearheaded by US Universities and key faculty working on a variety of conservation issues in Galapagos. 

We are proud to include the following universities among our current collaborators:

  • Yale University
  • Stanford University
  • State University of New York – Syracuse
  • Wake Forest University

We will continue to reach out to additional academic institutions in the US working in Galapagos, and we are seeking to work more closely with universities in Ecuador on mutual areas of conservation and biodiversity management.



Government Partners

Galapagos National Park Guards proudly pose on Pinta Island, after having carried 39 Giant Tortoises into the highlands. Photo by Joe Flanagan

Galapagos National Park Guards proudly pose on Pinta Island, after having carried 39 Giant Tortoises into the highlands. Photo by Joe Flanagan

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Travel Partners

A tourist looks out across a small bay at Floreana Island. Photo by Richard Blake

A tourist looks out across a small bay at Floreana Island.
Photo by Richard Blake

Galapagos Conservancy works closely with select tourism companies to provide a “bridge” between travelers who wish to support conservation projects in Galapagos and an organization focused solely on delivering those funds to on-the-ground conservation. 

In many cases, funds solicited for projects are sequestered in a fund held by GC and deployed to projects identified jointly by the Travel Company and GC. Projects are often short-term and modest in size and are intended to initiate new programs or to support emerging ideas and organizations in Galapagos.  In these programs, which reflect an appropriate sense of corporate self interest, projects are chosen that have a high public profile, reach deep into the community and enhance civil society, and contribute to a growing conservation consciousness in Galapagos that will serve conservation for the long term.

To learn about Galapagos Conservancy's specific Travel Partners, please visit the Travel section of our website.

FOGO partners

Galapagos Scalesia flowers arch gracefully towards the sky. (Photo by Christine Swanson)

Galapagos Scalesia flowers arch gracefully towards the sky.
(Photo by Christine Swanson)

The Friends of Galapagos Organizations (or FOGOs), also called the Darwin Network, is comprised of a number of organizations around the world that support Galapagos conservation in different ways. In addition to Galapagos Conservancy in the United States, these include:

Galapagos Conservancy Canada (Canada)
Galapagos Conservation Trust (United Kingdom)
Freunde der Galapagos Inseln (Switzerland)
Zoologische Gesellschaft Frankfurt (Germany)
Stichting Vrienden van de Galapagos Eilanden (The Netherlands)
Nordic Friends of Galapagos (Finland)
Galapagos Darwin Trust (Luxembourg)
The Japanese Association for Galapagos (Japan)
Friends of Galapagos (New Zealand)