Projects & Funding

Over the years, IGTOA has given tens of thousands of dollars to projects and organizations such as those listed below.

Bay cleanup

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 Galápagos.

Library for Galápagos 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 Galápagos National Park rangers when they patrol the islands for illegal fishing.

Recycling Center

We supported the Funcacion Galápagos’ 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 Galápagos 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.

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