Recovery of endangered plant species in protected areas of the Galapagos National Park

Recovery of endangered plant species in protected areas of the Galapagos National Park

Recovery of endangered plant species in protected areas of the Galapagos National Park

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The Galapagos Islands are recognized worldwide for their diversity of endemic species. Unfortunately, in the case of the Galapagos flora, many endemic species are threatened. It is known that 12% of the plant species of the archipelago are Critically Endangered (CR), 15% are Endangered (EN), and 32% are Vulnerable (VU). For this reason, GV2050 hopes to contribute to the preservation of Galapagos biodiversity through the restoration of threatened species. Currently the project is focused on the recovery of 3 endangered species; Lecocarpus lecocarpoides, Galvezia leucantha subps. leucantha, and Scalesia retroflexa. However, it is expected to continue expanding efforts to other species in the future. To select these species, an evaluation of all Galapagos endemic plants will be carried out using the IUCN criteria.

Our Research Team

Patricia Jaramillo Díaz

Principal Investigator

Patricia is an Ecuadorian researcher who came to Galapagos in 1996 to work on her PhD thesis about the “human impact on native, endemic and introduced flora on the Galapagos Islands” and since...

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Anna Calle

Project Assistant

Anna has always been fascinated by the biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon rainforest. Her desire to protect these unique ecosystems motivated her to pursue a Bachelor of Science in...

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Pavel Enríquez-Moncayo

Project Assistant

Pavel has always admired the people behind the great scientific discoveries both in his home, the Galapagos, as well as worldwide. Further, growing up in the "Enchanted Islands" allowed him to...

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Paúl Mayorga

Field Assistant

I was born and raised in these "Enchanted Islands", which meant from a young age I was naturally immersed in the conservation of the place where I live. Growing up with relatively little technology...

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Project Details

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Figure 25. Map of Española Island and surrounding islets with the distribution of L. lecocarpoides populations (orange dots). The only population of this plant on Española Island is marked with red dots in the sector known as Punta Manzanillo.


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Figure 26. From left to right, flowers of: A Scalesia retroflexa, B Lecocarpus lecocarpoides, C Galvezia leucantha subsp. leucantha.

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Figure 27. Distribution map of Scalesia retroflexa populations in the southeast of Santa Cruz Island (red dots).

 3D 360 image of Scalesia retroflexa area

Read more about our project on threatened and endangered species  (Blogs):

Saving a species from the brink of extinction: Galapagos Verde 2050

Lecocarpus species re-discovered on Española Island after decades of not being registered!

The journey for taking care of an endangered shrub in Galapagos

Population recovery of Galvezia leucantha var. leucantha on Isabela Island


Our results

As part of the results of this project, we expect to answer the following questions: 1) What are the most effective strategies to assist in the restoration of each of the endangered species? 2) What is the condition and distribution of the populations of the endangered species? 3) What are the threats the endangered species are facing?

Keywords: Endangered species, Lecocarpus lecocarpoides, Galvezia leucantha, Scalesia retroflexa, ecological restoration

Bibliographical References

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