OUR TEAM AND 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 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. The GV2050 project also coordinates 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.
The Charles Darwin Foundation considered the possibilities of using this technology as a tool for ecological restoration, and coordinated with The Galapagos National Park Directory to execute a pilot project. The project was implemented under the guidance of the Galapagos Protected Areas Management Plan, the Conservation and Restoration of Ecosystems, the Wise use of the Ecosystem Services and its Biodiversity for Conservation and Development program, and the Ecuadorian Government. Two strategic approaches were established: a) ecological restoration and b) sustainable agricultural practices.
Preliminary results in ecological restoration and sustainable agricultural practices indicated that the 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.
PHASES OF THE PROJECT
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 DONE SO FAR? WHAT WILL WE BE DOING?
Water-conserving technologies are very efficient tools for ecological restoration as well as for sustainable agriculture practices, especially because they make it possible to sow in areas where water is limited or expensive, both of which are true in the Galapagos Islands. Furthermore, these technologies also promote vertical growth of the roots.
WHAT ARE THE GROASIS AND COCOON?
HOW DO THE TECHNOLOGIES WORK?
WHAT SOILS DO WE WORK IN?
The restoration process with endemic species begins with the seed collection from these species on their island of origin by the GV2050 team:
The germination process happens at the GNPD nursery, which has an area of approximately 2400 m² and is located on 100 hectares of agricultural land on Santa Cruz Island, nestled between the humid and transitional zones.
When transporting the seedlings from Santa Cruz to the other islands, the Alive Organisms Transportation Protocol established by Galapagos National Park Directory is carefully considered. Once on the islands, we transplant the seedlings using these water-conserving technologies: Groasis and Cocoon.
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: LOOKING TO 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 Charles Darwin Foundation´s 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 farmers 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 are working 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.