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Grant Status Report: $25,000 to the Charles Darwin Foundation for Green Sea Turtle Conservation and Research

Earlier this year, IGTOA provided over $150,000 in grants to organizations working on the frontlines of Galapagos conservation. Recently, grant recipients were asked to provide an update on the status of the projects for which the grants were awarded.

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The Galapagos Islands Have Been Declared COVID-19 Free and Plans to Reopen are Underway

Ecuador's Vice President, Otto Sonnenholzner, declared the Galapagos Islands to be the first Ecuadorian province to be COVID-19 free and announced plans to reopen the the islands to tourism on July 1, according to an article published today on the Ecuadorian website Clarin. 


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Ecuador's Tourism Industry Launches #EcuadorAwaitsYou Campaign to Showcase its Beauty and Culture

Ecuador's tourism industry has launched a new campaign to help their travel partners promote Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands and to inspire travelers to keep Ecuador in mind when it's safe to travel again. 

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Island Conservation Launches Three-Part Virtual Journey of World's Endangered Islands

Next week, Island Conservation is launching a three-part virtual journey to islands across the globe, including the Galapagos Islands. During each interactive Zoom excursion, participants will meet real-life conservation heroes, who will share photos and stories from the field. 


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IGTOA Awards $150,000 in Grants to Support Galapagos Conservation

IGTOA has provided $150,080 in grant funding to seven organizations working on the frontlines of Galapagos conservation. 

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Ecuador Announces 14 Day Quarantine for Seven Countries

Ecuador has declared a publico health emergency and announced mandatory 14 day home quarantines for people who have visited seven different countries.

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New Galapagos Entry Procedures Announced in Response to COVID-19

Like other destinations around the world, the Galapagos Islands are working to prevent the arrival of COVID-19. 

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Galapagos Tourism Declined Slightly in 2019. Is That a Bad Thing?

The Galapagos National Park Directorate recently released visitor statistics for 2019. The numbers showed something rare in Galapagos tourism these days: a slow down. Found out why this might be a good thing for the Galapagos Islands and its tourism industry. 

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A Changing Climate Is Changing Sea Lions’ Diets

As endangered Galapagos sea lions face increasing threats from climate change, they’re hunting bigger—but far more hazardous—prey. Will the strategy work?

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Pioneering Project Uses Drones to Combat Invasive Species with Support from IGTOA

In 2018, a naturalist guide reported seeing an invasive rat on Seymour Norte, an iconic tourist site in the Galapagos Islands. Seymour Norte is a safe haven for many species, including Galapagos Land Iguanas, Blue-footed Goobies and Magnificent Frigate Birds. Invasive rodents have long been a scourge to the endemic wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, as they feed upon the eggs and nestlings of birds and reptiles. With support from IGTOA, Island Conservation leapt into action to solve the problem using a pioneering new technology. 

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