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What is Galapagos Verde 2050?

Galapagos 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 Galapagos 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.

See video with results of the Galapagos Verde 2050 Program in 2021

The Galapagos Archipelago is one of the greatest biodiversity spots and an excellent conservation reference worldwide. There are more than a thousand different registered plant species within the islands, of which almost two-hundred are endemic to the Galapagos Archipelago. This Charles Darwin Foundation project actively contributes to the conservation of this unique natural heritage site.

The Galapagos Verde 2050 Program maintains an interactive and continually-updated database through its own virtual platform, complete with a compatible Android app. This allows the user to track the current state of the project on every island and study site, including all recorded environmental and biological information.




  • Working together with local institutions in Galapagos.

  • Planting gardens and restoring disturbed urban areas on Santa Cruz Island with the help of Galapagos National School.

  • Dr. James Gibbs, one of our scientific advisors, plants the first cactus for the ecological restoration of Plaza Sur.

  • Ecosystem restoration of Black Gravel Mine on Floreana Island is one of many current Galapagos Verde 2050 projects, which encompass 9187 plantings on over 60 project sites.

  • Working with endangered species.

  • Green Galapagos 2050 provides ecosystem services to the estate of Mr. Francisco Morena with sustainable agriculture, Groasis technology, and the support of the community on Floreana.

  • Sowing new plants near the Galapagos Biosecurity Agency.

  • The first installation of Groasis technology on a farm on Santa Cruz Island.

  • Planting near the the Biosecurity Agency and the Charles Darwin Foundation.

  • Galapagos Verde 2050 and native gardens of the Galapagos Islands at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

  • Publicizing the objectives of the Galapagos Verde 2050 project at the Charles Darwin Research Station

  • Tamaki Ocuno, one of our donors, visits the Galapagos Verde 2050 project on Floreana

  • Establishing sustainable agriculture with Groasis technology on Floreana Island

  • The first sowing of baby Opuntia cacti on Plaza Sur, beginning its ecological restoration

  • Field workers launching the restoration of Baltra Island from numerous institutions: Galapagos National Park, the Biosecurity Agency of Galapagos, the Ecuadorian air force and the Charles Darwin Foundation

  • The first visit of John Loudon, president of our donor organization, COmON Land

  • International volunteer workers collect, clean, and count the seeds used for proliferation of native species

  • Restoration of urban areas on Santa Cruz Island creates new green spaces

  • The Galapagos Verde 2050 inaguration team

  • Signing of the agreement of Ecological Restoration of Urban Ecosystems between the Municipality of Santa Cruz, Iguana Foundation and the Charles Darwin Foundation

  • Expedition to Española to propogate Opuntia Megasperma var. orientalis Howell from its leaves

  • Teaching the community at the Charles Darwin Foundation's 2022 Open House.

  • Evaluation of the biodiversity before commencement of Galapagos Verde 2050 on Plaza Sur island.

  • Land restoration on Floreana Island with the support of Galapagos National Park and students of Santa Cruz Island and Floreana Parish.

  • Ecological barriers have been installed at the Baltra airport

Where is present Galápagos Verde 2050?


Restoring Baltra’s ecosystems provides an unique opportunity to apply principles and guidelines established by the Management Plan of the Protected Areas of Galapagos for Good Living. This plan...


The Island of Española, located at the southeastern edge of the Galapagos Archipelago, is among the oldest islands within the archipelago at around 300 million years old. Due to its age and location...


Floreana is one of four inhabited islands in the Galapagos Archipelago, and although the earliest record of human settlement was in 1807, it has never supported a large number of people. The current...

North Isabela

Isabela is the largest island in the archipelago, with an area of 4588 km², representing 60% of the total land in the Galapagos Islands. Isabela is one of the four inhabited islands, and hosts a...

San Cristobal

San Cristobal is the eastern-most island of the Galapagos Archipelago.The island covers an area of ​​558 km² and its highest point rises 730 meters above sea level. San Cristobal is...

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is the second largest island after Isabela within the Galapagos Archipelago. It is located in the center of the set of islands, with an area of 986 km² and a maximum elevation of 864...

South Plaza

Plaza Sur or South Plaza has historically contained many prickly pear cacti (Opuntia echios var. echios), which is an important food source for animals such as the land iguana. However,...

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