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Change Galapagos Islands future today

Travel restrictions to slow the #COVID19 pandemic have depleted the economic lifelines for hundreds of millions of people and conservation activities in wildlife-rich areas. This includes the Galapagos Islands with a highly tourism-dependent economy, which employs about 80% of its population and receives 250,000 visitors per year.

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How much we have raised

Empower people through collaboration

$ 31 319
31% Donated
Goal : $100,000.00
Our donations are updated every 24 hours due to the multiple platforms we use.
Our most recent donors
Donor Amount Date
Ana Sadowski 31.84 05/01/2021 6:27
Patricia Li 105.00 04/01/2021 23:20
Verónica Cuesta 32.16 04/01/2021 21:06
Mariana Richards 15.00 28/12/2020 10:48
Catherine Chervenak 15.75 26/12/2020 9:34
A C TRINIDAD 21.00 24/12/2020 5:39
Susan Seehusen 10.50 23/12/2020 6:18
Mona Tse 100.00 22/12/2020 22:48
anonymous 1.05 22/12/2020 19:47
Sadie Parker 10.50 21/12/2020 11:30
All Our Donors

Donor Amount Date
Ana Sadowski 31.84 05/01/2021 6:27
Patricia Li 105.00 04/01/2021 23:20
Verónica Cuesta 32.16 04/01/2021 21:06
Mariana Richards 15.00 28/12/2020 10:48
Catherine Chervenak 15.75 26/12/2020 9:34
A C TRINIDAD 21.00 24/12/2020 5:39
Susan Seehusen 10.50 23/12/2020 6:18
Mona Tse 100.00 22/12/2020 22:48
anonymous 1.05 22/12/2020 19:47
Sadie Parker 10.50 21/12/2020 11:30
Allie Schrock 26.25 21/12/2020 10:39
Kathleen Dougherty 52.50 20/12/2020 13:42
Sofia Mulia 10.87 18/12/2020 1:41
Mariana Bellot 105.00 07/12/2020 10:55
Astrid Fischer 30.00 02/12/2020 11:13
anonymous 10.50 01/12/2020 17:48
Nejem Raheem 21.00 01/12/2020 13:18
Jaime Costales 105.00 01/12/2020 12:46
Yuwei Dai 53.18 29/11/2020 20:14
pablo pena 52.50 27/11/2020 11:27
Onno van den Heuvel 105.00 26/11/2020 1:09
Midori Paxton 52.50 25/11/2020 13:26
Karin M Mordt 105.00 25/11/2020 10:59
Jessica Faieta 52.50 25/11/2020 10:20
Carla Chacon 12.48 25/11/2020 8:06
Arturo Mora H 51.14 25/11/2020 7:36
Alvaro Beltran 11.19 24/11/2020 16:09
Andrew Seidl 105.00 21/11/2020 18:46
Andrew Seidl 105.00 21/11/2020 18:41
Andrew Seidl 105.00 21/11/2020 18:38
anonymous 10.50 01/11/2020 8:54

Help us change the numbers

Our impact is still limited. Together we can transform these figures into a better future for the Galapagos Islands.
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What will we do with the donations?

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ecuador, together with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and the Government Council for the Galapagos Special Regime (CGREG) have a project for the Galapagos focused on supporting the economic recovery of the Island´s inhabitants through employment reactivation and training opportunities. 

Sea Wolf Galapagos Islands
Phase 1

Urgent Action

Emergency support for livelihoods recovery of the population will be put in place through a “cash for work” mechanism. During this process, our selected “conservation champions,” around 90 people from the Galapagos Islands, will be financially supported to help maintain the protected area, provide urgent income for local men and women, and ecological protection for the archipelago.

Tourist Guide From Galapagos Islands
Phase 2

Designing a sustainable future

We will invite the Galapagos Island community to participate in a “cash for training” process where participants from the most affected economic sectors will access a two-month training program. Selected participants will obtain tools and guidance to improve the existing green businesses to withstand the current situation and thrive to long-term success. The entrepreneurs will also receive a part-time salary during their involvement in the learning and mentoring stages to help them and their families sustain the emergency. The training will include various fields, such as digital marketing channels, financial advice, new payment methods, sound environmental practices in their business, and other relevant topics. 

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Phase 3

Changing the future in the Galapagos Islands

The most innovative and inclusive projects will undergo a one-month additional mentoring phase with experts from academia in technical, operational, and business administration, aiming at guaranteeing the venture’s development and sustainability. Finally, an expert panel will select the highest impact projects contributing to building a resilient and sustainable economy for the Galapagos Islands. We will grant seed funding for the selected ventures for their improvement and reactivation plan and access to technical assistance to accompany the program’s execution. The winning projects will be evaluated and will have to report on their accomplishments and impact.

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Based on the local needs for sustainable development in the Archipelago and the skills of partners on-site, we have created three areas to classify the participating ventures:
GIANT-TORTOISE--Sustainable-tourism
Sustainable tourism Fund

GIANT TORTOISE

This fund will be given for local, sustainable tourism entrepreneurs that promote well-being for local
residents and tourism options that strengthen Galapagos as a resilient destination promoting domestic
and international tourism.

HAMMER-HEAD-SHARK--Blue-Economy
Blue Economy Fund

HAMMER-HEAD SHARK

Dedicated to initiatives within a Blue Economy that promote the sustainable use of marine resources, this fund will support proposals that encourage people from the Galapagos and visitors to connect with the sea and respect the species that live there, such as sustainable fisheries and a range of water activities.

BLUE-FOOTED-BOOBY--Innovation-development
Innovation Development Fund

BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY

This fund focuses on local, sustainable technology entrepreneurs that can increase resilience and resource-efficiency (health, environment, food security, agricultural practices), as well enhance the community cohesion through the offer of products and services that build inclusion, resilience, equity.

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We believe in collaboration
  1. Please share our content on your social networks with #ActivateGalapagos, and feel free to spread our donation page savegalapagosislands.com
  2. Do you know an influencer in your city who might be interested in helping us spread the word? Lets us know by sending an email at comunicacion.ecuador@undp.org
  3. Be an active part of our events, more people more impact. With these experiences, we intended to generate a discussion around the island’s problems. See our list of events in the next section
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Upcoming Events

  • Scientific event on the importance of the Galapagos Islands (COMING SOON)
  • Actions in territory. A look at the emerging actions of our campaign (COMING SOON)
25 november 2020

Watch our Global Launch event of the Galapagos Crowdfunding Campaign

02 december 2020

Watch our National Launch event of the Galapagos Crowdfunding Campaign

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