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UNDP and partners launched a project to impulse the reactivation of the economy and conservation of Galapagos Islands’s environment

Thanks to the funds raised by the crowdfunding campaign ‘Save the Galapagos Islands: Empower its people’, temporary employment was given to 116 people and 7 beach cleanups were carried out. On May 18, the second phase will start with the training of 90 future entrepreneurs.

Quito, May 6, 2021– With the support of organizations and individuals, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), through its online donation platforms, savegalapagosislands.com and greencrowds.org, raised 82,000 dollars which made the implementation of the first stage of the initiative ‘Save the Galapagos Islands: Empower its people’ possible. The goal is to support the socio-economic recovery of this community.

The funds raised have served to provide an urgent income, given the lack of economic activity and employment on the islands due to the reduction in tourism because of COVID-19 pandemic, and to protect the archipelago’s ecosystems. Specifically, from November 2020 to February 2021, 116 people received income for 7 beach cleanups on 3 islands, Santa Cruz, San Cristóbal and Isabela. UNDP is working together with local organizations, such as the ‘Frente Insular de la Reserva Marina de Galápagos’ and ‘Jóvenes en Acción’ in coordination with the Galapagos Government.

Likewise, on May 18 the second phase will begin, with the training of 90 entrepreneurs in digital tools so that they can start or transform their businesses. Additionally, they will receive financial support during their training, so that they can have temporary income with which to alleviate their economic and family situation.

At the end of this stage, a third stage is expected to be implemented, aimed at improving or designing small business projects to strengthen the economic fabric of the community.

International cooperation supports the initiative

The ‘Save the Galapagos Islands: Empower its people’ project is a joint UNDP initiative, with the Government of Galapagos, the University of San Francisco de Quito and local organizations such as the ‘Insular Front of the Galapagos Marine Reserve’. And, since its inception, it has counted on the cooperation of allies, such as the Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (AEI) and the NGO ‘Jóvenes en Acción-Galapagos’, as well as international support, such as the organization Galapagos Conservation Trust ; the British Embassy and the Galapagos Science Center.

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