Projects & Funding
Projects Funded by IGTOA
Over the years, IGTOA has given tens of thousands of dollars to projects and organizations such as those listed below.
We supported a group of local fishermen in the cleanup of Academy Bay, netting more than eight thousand pounds of waste.
Best Practices Program for the Travel Industry We provided funds to Conservation International and Rainforest Alliance for their program to institute standards of operation for tour companies.
Charles Darwin Station staffing
We have funded several positions at Van Staelen Hall, the visitor interpretation center.
Emergency land purchase
At the request of the Charles Darwin Foundation, we provided funds to purchase private land that would be turned into a protected area.
ISM boat certification program
We gave money to CAPTURGAL to help with international safety certification for locally-owned boats operating in the Galapagos.
Library for Galapagos guides
We provided funds for the purchasing of hundreds of books for a library in Puerto Ayora, to be used by guides in their studies.
Mooring anchor for patrol boats
We provided anchorage off Wolf Island to support patrols for illegal fishing and shark finning in this remote sector.
Oil spill cleanup
IGTOA provided emergency funds for the oil spill in 2000.
Patrol boat equipment
IGTOA donated a GPS system and video equipment to be used by the Galapagos National Park rangers when they patrol the islands for illegal fishing.
We supported the Funcacion Galapagos’ Recycling Center on Santa Cruz Island.
Scholarship for a research project
We sponsored a graduate student at from Ecuador to make important baseline studies of the Galapagos tortoise at the Charles Darwin Station.
Scouts program in Puerto Ayora
We funded a project to provide environmental education and activities for a mixed-gender scout group on the island of Santa Cruz.
Shark Conservation Campaign
We supported WildAid in their information campaign to stop illegal shark finning.
Stray dog and cat neutering
We gave money to the Charles Darwin Research Station for a program to prevent the further spread of feral cats and dogs on the islands.