Strengthening alliances for the benefit of the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor

Photo by: Jordi Chias

On June 21st, Friends of Cocos Island Foundation (FAICO) and the Charles Darwin Foundation renewed their cooperation agreement, with the purpose of strengthening the management, protection and conservation of the natural resources and ecosystems of the Cocos Marine Conservation Area (ACMC), the Galapagos Islands and the Eastern Tropical Pacific.

These areas are located in a very dynamic region due to the convergence of climatic and oceanographic factors, as well as essential habitats such as oceanic islands and seamounts. The combination of all these characteristics promotes the presence of high biodiversity and abundance of marine life, distributed in a mosaic of strategic ecosystems of the Eastern Tropical Pacific.

This type of agreement supports and complements the efforts and leadership of the governmental authorities of each country in favor of the conservation of our ocean and its associated ecosystems. They also promote the development and implementation of actions that support research and the generation of knowledge to support management decisions and conservation of terrestrial and marine resources. This is achieved through the coordinated development of projects related to pelagic species, marine and terrestrial biodiversity, seamounts, reefs, marine invasive species, among others.

From left to right: Alejandra Villalobos, FAICO Executive Director, and Rakan Zahawi, CDF Executive Director, at the signing of the agreement.
From left to right: Alejandra Villalobos, FAICO Executive Director, and Rakan Zahawi, CDF Executive Director, at the signing of the agreement.

Recently, both countries successfully expanded and extended their marine protected areas, as part of the worldwide efforts to conserve and protect 30% of the marine surface by 2030. For this reason, as strategic partners, we must double our efforts so that, together with different actors, we can promote and consolidate effective and sustainable management of these areas, as a legacy for future generations.

"It is important to work together to increase conservation actions in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, this will not only protect key migratory species but will also help regulating our climate by absorbing carbon dioxide emissions and help us in our fight against climate change. We have no time to lose to save our ocean for current and future generations!" said Inti Keith, principal marine investigator at the Charles Darwin Foundation.


The mission of the Charles Darwin Foundation and its Research Station is to tackle the greatest threats and challenges to Galapagos through scientific research and conservation action, in order to safeguard one of the world’s most important natural treasures.

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