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If you are able, we encourage you to stand with the Center for Galapagos Studies and the Galapagos community during this difficult time. Your generous gifts will be matched up to $5,000, allowing your donation to maximize its impact!Give Now
The mission of the Carolina Galapagos Initiative is to address the current challenges facing the Galapagos Islands such as environmental change, population growth, resource conflict and economic development in this important ecological heritage setting. To accomplish this a collaborative partnership has been created between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, the top-ranked university in Ecuador. Together, we operate the only university research station in the Galapagos archipelago.
During these difficult times, the Galapagos Islands have been especially impacted through the complete loss of the tourism industry and the suspension of flights to the Galapagos. With nearly 80% of the Galapagos population involved in tourism, the economic impacts are severe and very likely long-lasting. While we are working with the Ecuadorian government and the Hospital on San Cristobal Island to enhance lab facilities for COVID-19 testing, there is more that needs to be done. This involves assisting the people and institutions of the Galapagos Islands while at the same time enhancing scientific discovery and innovation as well as the educational experiences of our faculty, students and staff.
If you are able, we encourage you to help us stand by the Galapagos community and support our newly created Community Outreach & Engagement Program. Our aim is to engage the community to help combat the economic suffering being endured by residents of the Galapagos Islands while also enriching conservation and sustainability programs being conducted at the Galapagos Science Center. We hope you can join us in this worthwhile effort as we help protect the people and the precious environment of this World Heritage Site.