The Galapagos Verde 2050 project is starting to bloom!
Working together with the Galapagos National Park and other strategic partners, our Galapagos Verde 2050 project team have taken the first steps to restore large degraded areas on Floreana and Baltra. In January alone, 700 native and endemic plants were planted over the two islands.
Almost one thousand introduced plant species have been recorded in Galapagos, of these 131 are invading natural areas. Other anthropogenic impacts such as the growth of human settlements and the presence of invasive animals can negatively transform ecosystems. In the highland areas of the inhabited islands, these effects are more evident and urgent, positive action is needed.
The Galápagos Verde 2050 project (“Green Galapagos” in English) aims to contribute to the conservation of the Islands and the welfare (the concept of “Buen Vivir”) of the local population. Utilizing the innovative Groasis Technology (see the video below) to promote the restoration of degraded ecosystems and sustainable agricultural practices, seedlings can be planted in the driest of areas, with water conserved over long periods.
In Floreana, a high level of degradation is caused by the dumping of waste materials, affecting the ecological integrity of the Island. For this reason, the local garbage dump was chosen as a priority area to begin ecological restoration work. From January 14 to 16, the GV 2050 team, alongside park rangers, planted 200 plants in this area. Next steps include a sustainable agriculture component working with local farmers.
On the Island of Baltra, human impacts resulting from the construction of a U.S air base during World War II, combined with the presence of goats (now eradicated) have led to habitat destruction. To begin the process of restoration, 500 endemic and native plants were planted over three specific areas between January 28 and 30.
All plants will be monitored by the GV2050 team until they reach adulthood and can survive without the help of Groasis Technology.
Galápagos Video 2050 is a bi-institutional project carried out by the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park with the support of various strategic partners such as the Autonomous Decentralized Government Parish of Floreana, the Galapagos Ecological Airport, the Galapagos Biosecurity Agency (ABG) and the Ecuadorian Air Force (based in Baltra). The project is possible thanks to funding support by The COmON Foundation and BESS Forest Club.