Green Galapagos 2050 is a multi-institutional and interdisciplinary project that actively contributes to the conservation of the natural capital of Galapagos and quality of life for the human population, using the Groasis technology as a tool to implement a successful model of ecological restoration and sustainable agricultural production, allowing humans live in harmony with nature.
PROJCT GREEN GALAPAGOS 2050
Green Galapagos 2050 began with an agreement between the Fountain of Life Foundation of Ecuador, Fundación Fuente de Vida (FFV), and the Charles Darwin Foundation, made possible by the initial financing of the COmON Foundation. The aim of this agreement was to develop a pilot project to test and showcase in the Galapagos archipelago the technology of the Dutch organization, Groasis.
Considering the possibilities of using this technology as a tool for ecological restoration, the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) coordinated with the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) to establish a pilot project following the guidelines of the Management Plan of Galapagos Protected Areas for Good Living that was framed specifically around the goals of the Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration programs and the Rational Use of Ecosystem Services and their Biodiversity for Conservation and Development, for which two strategies of action were established: ecological restoration and sustainable agriculture. The resultes of this agreement were also coordinated with the key government entities on Galapagos.
There is coordination and joint work among the Decentralized Autonomous Parochial Government of Floreana, the Provincial Technical Management of MAGAP on Galapagos and the Harbormaster’s Office in Puerto Ayora. The strategic partner most involved in this initiative is the GNPD, the organization with which the pilot program for ecological restoration on the Floreana, Baltra and Santa Cruz Islands project was carried out.
On Baltra, the restoration of a highly deteriorated area located on a site that was previously a garbage dump was initiated. Based on preliminary results, the decision was made to use this technology on Santa Crua at a small visitor’s site known as “Los Gemelos,” or "The Twins". Finally, in search of ecological restoration in urban areas, thanks to the opening of the Puerto Ayora Harbormaster’s Office, the eradication of several invasive species within its facilities was begun, which were replaced by endemic species using Groasis Technology.
Moreover, in relation to the sustainable agriculture component, the implementation of family vegetable gardens was initiated with community support in coordination with the Decentralized Autonomous Parochial Government of Santa Maria Island (Floreana) (Spanish acronym GADPF). With the support of the Provincial Technical Directorate of the MAGAP, a test of this technology with cocoa plants was developed on the island of Santa Cruz with future plans to work with local farmers based on these results.