Galapagos Verde 2050 Incorporates Biodegradable Cocoon Technology as Part of the Ecological Restoration of Baltra Island

GV2050 project team with collaborators from the ABG, the GNPD, Navy, Land Life Company and FAE during the fourth planting in the experimental phase in Baltra Island, Galapagos.

Written in collaboration with Liza Diaz Lalova and Soledad Moran.

Galapagos Verde 2050 project works developing concrete actions to contribute to the process of restoring the ecological integrity and biodiversity of large areas in arid islands of Galapagos, for this purpose native and endemic plants of each site are used. The various actions are performed thanks to the hard work of the project team, the collaboration of multiple institutions and the use of water-saving technologies as Groasis and Cocoon, this last one incorporated during the fourth planting in Baltra whose characteristic is to be biodegradable.

Biodegradable Cocoon technology boxes.
Biodegradable Cocoon technology boxes.

Cocoon boxes are completely degraded in three years, becoming substrate without impact on nature, thanks to a water tank paper pulp and crop residues. Inside they are covered with natural wax that provides impermeability and keeps water stored for long periods of drought; the water reaches the roots of the plant through wicks keeping moisture permanently and allowing its rapid growth.

During the fourth planting in the experimental phase in Baltra Island 200 Cocoon technology boxes, 150 Groasis technology boxes and 70 seedlings were planted directly without using technology.

Project team and collaborators planting with Cocoon technology. Johanes Ramírez (GNP), Willemijn Stoffels (Land Life Company) and Patricia Jaramillo (Galapagos Verde 2050 project leader).
Project team and collaborators planting with Cocoon technology. Johanes Ramírez (GNP), Willemijn Stoffels (Land Life Company) and Patricia Jaramillo (Galapagos Verde 2050 project leader).

In addition to the planting at the place called Casa de Piedra the team removed invasive plant species and collected trash and debris that were still in place as mute remnants of what was the military base of the United States established in Baltra during World War II.

Rubble collection with GV2050 project collaborators. FAE, GNP, Army of Ecuador and ABG representatives.
Rubble collection with GV2050 project collaborators. FAE, GNP, Army of Ecuador and ABG representatives.

This important activity was made possible thanks to the efforts of the technical team of the Green Galapagos 2050 project and the invaluable support from institutions such as the Agency for Regulation and Control of Biosafety and Quarantine for Galapagos (ABG), the Ecuadorian Air Force, the Galapagos National Park Directorate, the Ecuadorian Army and Ecogal.

The Green Galapagos 2050 project is implemented by the Charles Darwin Foundation along with the Galapagos National Park Directorate and the support of various strategic partners such as the Floreana Autonomous Decentralized Government, the Galapagos Ecological Airport, the Agency for Regulation and Control Biosecurity and Quarantine for Galapagos (ABG), the Ecuador Army and the Ecuadorian Air Force (in Baltra). Financially the project is possible thanks to the support of the COmON Foundation, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and BESS Forest Club.

The “Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands”, in French “Fondation Charles Darwin pour les îles Galapagos”, Association International sans but lucratif (“AISBL”), has its registered office located at Drève du Pieuré 19, 1160 Brussels, and is registered under the trade registry of Brussels under the number 0409.359.103.

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