Urban ecological restoration and conservation of emblematic species

Urban ecological restoration and conservation of emblematic species

Urban ecological restoration processes and conservation of characteristic species, together with the local community in the Galapagos Islands

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“Galápagos Verde 2050" is a program implemented by the Charles Darwin Foundation with the support of the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park, comprising multi-institutional collaboration components. From 2013 until 2021 it was managed as a project with two components: Ecological Restoration and Sustainable Agriculture, obtaining successful results especially in relation to cost-benefit analysis and the effectiveness of the use of water-saving technologies both in ecological restoration processes on various islands, and in improving the productivity of several short-cycle crops.

However, as of 2022, due to the need to enter a new phase, in which the program will move from experimentation to the implementation of ecological restoration activities on a larger scale, it was transformed into the Galápagos Verde 2050 program, which is composed of seven research projects focused on the ecological restoration of degraded ecosystems on seven different islands. The main objective of the program is to contribute with pure and applied research for the development of an adaptive management model that will guarantee the conservation of the natural capital of Galapagos and contribute to the well-being of its human population.

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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Jhon Hamilton Chango

Field Assistant

Jhon was born on Floreana, the first island colonized by people in the Galapagos Archipelago and, paradoxically, the one with the smallest population. This particularity allowed nature to be an...

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Project Details

Galapagos has four inhabited islands (San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, Isabela, and Floreana) with populations that continue to increase, creating challenges for the conservation of the islands. Infrastructure development, commercial activities, and economic sectors cause negative environmental impacts on the ecosystems. The expansion of the urban area provides ideal conditions for the spread of invasive species that affect and displace endemic species with a restricted distribution. This is the case for Scalesia affinis, an endemic shrub originally distributed in what is now Puerto Ayora (on Santa Cruz Island), which is currently in critical danger of extinction. Therefore, the project will focus on the restoration of urban ecosystems through the implementation of ecological gardens as the main tool for the recovery of endangered species in urban areas through the integration of the local community in these processes.

Our results

As part of the results of this project, we expect to answer the following questions: 1) How do ecological gardens contribute to urban restoration? 2) What are the limitations in the germination of S. affinis? What methodology is effective for mass reproduction of S. affinis? 3) How is the participation of the community related to the successful care of ecological gardens in Puerto Ayora?

Keywords: Urban restoration, local community, water saving, ecological restoration, water scarcity, threatened species, Groasis, Hydrogel, Cocoon

Bibliographical References

The ‘Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands’, in French ‘Fondacion Charles Darwin  pour les Iles Galapagos’, Association Internationale sans but lucrative (AISBL), has its registered office at Avenue Louise 54, 1050 Brussels, Belgium. Trade Registry # 0409.359.103

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