We continue to restore a unique ecosystem in Baltra
CDF staff planting with Groasis Technology in Baltra Island
The Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), alongside the Ministry of Environment through the Galapagos National Park (GNP), are implementing the first phase of the action plan for the restoration of Baltra and South Plaza Islands as part "Galapagos Verde 2050" project.
In January and April 2015 the first and second planting was done with a total of 1227 native and endemic species. Each species plays a very important role for the restoration of this unique arid ecosystem in the archipelago. All this was possible thanks to the support of technicians from the Galapagos Biosecurity Agency (ABG). This way began the ecological restoration of an island that is severely damaged by heavy intervention during the Second World War, when it hosted a military base including the impact of feral animals such as goats and cats.
This first phase includes an area of three hectares, in three different study sites of the island, where we will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of the ecological restoration process, so it can be replicated in other areas of the island.
Groasis Technology ensures that the establishment of seedlings is effective with up to 90% survival rate in restoration through reforestation programs. These boxes incorporate water recycled through natural evapotranspiration guarantying the survival of plants during critical phases of establishment and initial growth in Baltra Island arid ecosystems.
Galapagos Verde 2050 team performs a huge task monitoring plants monthly, it is essential to know their development, analyze biological data and understand how the ecosystem is recovering in the long term. The main goal in this experimental phase is to cover 5 Ha using key and unique species of the island itself.
Patricia Jaramillo, project leader said "The history of Baltra Island has brought serious impacts to its unique ecosystem and this is the first time that the restoration of the island has been carried out thanks to teamwork."
This project is possible thanks to the funding of our largest donor, The COmON Foundation. BESS Forest also supports on Floreana Island.
Collaborators: Ministry of Environment through the Galapagos National Park (GNP) and Galapagos Biosecurity Agency (ABG); Aeropuerto Ecológico de Galápagos (ECOGAL), and Military Air Base in Baltra.