TEAM AND STRATEGIC PARTNERS. WHO IS GV2050?
The GV2050 project is implemented by The Charles Darwin Foundation and Galapagos National Park Directory. Financially the project is possible thanks to the unmeasurable support of COmON Foundation, The Leona M and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, and BESS Forest Club.
The research team of the Galapagos Verde 2050 is composed of highly qualified professionals: biologists, agronomist, and field assistants. In addition, the project has the support of local and international volunteers collaborating with The Charles Darwin Foundation.
The most involved partner in the GV2050 project is The National Park Directory, with whom the pilot project of ecologic restoration on the islands of Baltra, Floreana and Santa Cruz was developed. There is also a coordination and combined effort together with The Autonomous Descentralized Government of Floreana, General Captaincy of Puerto Ayora, Ecuadorian Air Force, Ecological Airport of Baltra, Santa Cruz Municipality, La Iguana Foundation and The Biosecurity and Quarantine Regulation and Control Agency for Galapagos.
Galapagos Verde 2050 started with a agreement between Fuente de Vida Foundation of Ecuador, as a representative for the Dutch organization Groasis, and the Charles Darwin Foundation with an initial financing from COmON Foundation. The objective of this agreement was to develop a pilot project to test the Groasis Technology in the Galapagos archipelago.
Considering the possibilities of using this technology as a tool for ecological restoration, The Charles Darwin Foundation coordinated together with The Galapagos National Park Directory the execution of a pilot project -under the guidance of the Galapagos Protected Areas Management Plan for the well-being of its populations, and immersed into the objectives of the Conservation and Restoration of Ecosystems and Wise use of the Ecosystem Services and it’s Biodiversity for Conservation and Development program- for which two strategic approaches were stablished: a) ecological restoration and b) sustainable agricultural practices. Accordingly, there was a coordination with the main government entities present in the Galapagos.
Preliminary results in ecological restoration and sustainable agricultural practices indicated that Groasis Technology was effective on insular conditions such as the ones in Galapagos, and thus the implementation of GV2050 was deemed as viable. Some examples can be seen with native and endemic species tested during the pilot project in the ecological restoration component.
The Galapagos Verde 2050 project, for the ecological restoration of the Galapagos Islands and the implementation of sustainable agriculture, consists of three phases:
WHAT HAVE WE ACOMPLISHED? HOW WILL THE FUTURE OF GV2050 BE?
WATER SAVING TECHNOLOGIES
Water saving technologies are a very efficient tool for ecological restoration as well as for sustainable agriculture practices. This way it is possible to sow in areas where water is limited or expensive, as it is in the Galapagos Islands. Furthermore, these technologies also promote vertical growth of the roots.
WHY DO WE USE GROASIS AND COCOON?
HOW DO THESE TECHNOLOGIES WORK?
IN WHICH TYPE OF SOIL DO WE WORK?
ECOLOGYCAL RESTORATION PROCESS
The restoration process with endemic species begins with the seed collection from these species in their island of origin by the GV2050 team:
The germination process happens at the GNPD nursery, with a surface of approximately 2400 m², located in 100 hectares of agricultural surface on Santa Cruz Island, between the humid and transition areas.
The transportation of the seedlings from Santa Cruz to the islands is done by considering the Alive Organisms Transportation Protocol into and between the Galapagos Islands established by Galapagos National Park Directory. Once on the islands we proceed to the adaptation of the seedlings and posterior sown using the water saving technologies Groasis and Cocoon.
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: LOOKING AT THE FUTURE
Population growth in the Galapagos archipelago has generated in the last decades the permanent need of product importation from the continent. These products constitute a risk of plagues and illness for the local crops.
One of the objectives of the Galapagos Verde 2050 project is to contribute to the conservation of Galapagos and the well-being of its local population, by using the Groasis technology for the agricultural production of food products, as an alternative to the hydric resources use, to achieve self-sufficiency with a sustainable production.
We work with local agriculturists from different populated islands, achieving the priority objectives covered in the sustainable agriculture practices, for example family crops.
To begin with the second phase of the GV2050 project, starting in November 2017 we will work with the rural areas with ecological restoration actions, promoting the recovery of the altered ecosystems inside the farms. We are currently evaluating the productivity and the cost-benefit of the use of water saving technologies in the production of first necessity products in Santa Cruz and Floreana.