General Assembly Member

 Since being hired by the Charles Darwin Foundation in 1998 to help develop the Isabela Project, my working life has been intimately linked to the conservation of these islands. First, as a coordinator for the Isabela Project (1998-2002), then as the focal point at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre for natural World Heritage sites in Latin America (2003-20014), and then as the co-owner with my wife of a small Galapagos tourism agency. These past 23 years have given me the chance to develop and maintain a good understanding of the conservation challenges facing the islands, and of the evolving fortunes of the Foundation. I have maintained close personal and professional ties with many people closely associated with the Charles Darwin Foundation and Galapagos conservation in general. I maintain good channels of communication with key people at UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre.

As a governing member of the Foundation’s General Assembly, I have provided insights into how best to communicate with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, particularly in regards to ensuring that documents provided to the World Heritage Committee contain accurate information on the state of conservation of Galapagos, and also in helping raise the profile of issues considered critical by the CDF among World Heritage Centre staff, so that these may be considered by the World Heritage Committee when deliberating on their decisions and recommendations for the Government of Ecuador.

In 2020, I was re-elected to the board of directors of the International Galapagos Tour Operators’ Association. No one among the members of IGTOA’s board has previously worked for conservation in Galapagos, nor does anyone there have any familiarity with the CDF. As both an IGTOA board member and a member of the CDF General Assembly, I have been able to help this organization better understand the conservation challenges of Galapagos and the important role played by CDF. This has translated into IGTOA board decisions approving grants for CDF activities.

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 Chaussée de la Hulpe 177 Bte 20 (rez) - 1170, Brussels, and is registered under the trade registry of Brussels under the number 0409.359.103.

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