The Government of Ecuador and the National Goegrafic (NatGeo) created a fund for the conservation of the marine reserve of the Galapagos Islands, reported on Friday the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment.
This initiative seeks to consolidate a strategic alliance between Ecuador and the world for the protection of the pristine ecosystems of this Ecuadorian archipelago, the ministry said in a statement.
The Minister of the Environment, Marcelo Mata, signed a "Letter of Intent" with NatGeo that allows the creation of the fund, said this portfolio in the press release that collects his statements.
"The proposal for the capitalization of a fund is unique in the world, because it will allow the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park to finance, in a permanent, agile and timely manner, the correct and efficient technical management of the fragile and unique terrestrial and marine ecosystems of Galápagos ", underlined Mata.
For his part, Enric Sala, executive director of Pristine Seas and resident explorer of National Geographic, assured that "this is a step in the right direction".
"We hope that the example that Ecuador is giving is followed by other countries, to take care of the health of the sea and the Galapagos Islands, a paradise unique in the world," emphasized Sala.
In addition, he mentioned that this type of initiatives promoted by the Government of Ecuador, with the support of international cooperation agencies, are based on several lines of strategic management.
The project seeks, said Minister Mata, "the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of the artisanal fishermen of the Galapagos, through market incentives", as well as "ensuring the ecological and financial sustainability of the Darwin and Wolf marine sanctuary", located in the archipelago.
Likewise, he indicated that it is foreseen "to strengthen the technical and operational capacities to guarantee the conservation of our natural resources, with special emphasis on the areas of greatest fragility".
The Galapagos Islands, which were declared in 1978 as Natural Patrimony of Humanity, are located some thousand kilometers west of the continental coasts of Ecuador and owe their name to the large turtles that inhabit it.
Its land and marine reserve, covering an area of 138,000 square kilometers, contains a rich biodiversity, considered a natural laboratory that allowed British scientist Charles Darwin to develop his theory on the evolution and natural selection of species.