Galapagos Conservation Trust

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Galapagos Conservation Trust
AbbreviationGCT
Formation1995
TypeCharity
HeadquartersLondon, UK
CEO
Ian Dunn
Websitewww.galapagosconservation.org
 
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Galapagos Conservation Trust
AbbreviationGCT
Formation1995
TypeCharity
HeadquartersLondon, UK
CEO
Ian Dunn
Websitewww.galapagosconservation.org

The Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) is a British conservation charity (registered number 1043470) which focuses on the conservation and sustainability of the Galapagos Islands. It is a member of the Friends of Galapagos Organisations (also known as the Darwin Network).[1] It was launched in 1995 at the Royal Society in London. In 2011, the organisation updated its vision to embrace three primary dimensions of science, education and culture as focal points for its work. The vision promotes the view that the challenges faced by the Galapagos are multi-faceted and can best be addressed using a holistic approach. The organisation has raised almost £5 million to date and supports a vast array of projects in Galapagos.

Their CEO is Ian Dunn and the chairman is Dr Mark Collins.

Ambassadors for the charity include Jonathan and Angela Scott, actress Emma Thompson, Stanley Johnson, Henry Nicholls, Sarah Darwin, Monty Halls, Godfrey Merlen, Randal Keynes, Julian Fitter, Angela Darwin, Jennifer Stone, Antje Steinfurth, Nigel Sitwell, Professor Ian Swingland, Dorothy Latsis, Sir James Barlow and Janet Barber.[2] Of these, Sir James, Sarah Darwin and Randal Keynes are descended from Charles Darwin - Angela Darwin is a Darwin by marriage (she is the widow of George Pember Darwin, son of Charles Galton Darwin).

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GCT works closely with authorities and organisations in Galapagos and mainland Ecuador. It supports a wide array of projects from species specific studies and ecosystem-scale restoration projects to promoting local recycling initiatives and education. They have supported the Mangrove Finch Conservation Project[3] and invasive species control of Philornis downsi [4] both run by the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF).

They also support work by The Prince's Foundation for Building Community and the Charles Darwin Foundation on sustainable development within Puerto Ayora, one of the largest towns within Galapagos.[5]

GCT partnered with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to launch their new teaching resource Discovering Galapagos.[6] The resource consists of two websites, one adapted and linked to the UK curriculum and one adapted for delivery in Galapagos and mainland Ecuador. A bilingual blog connects the two sites allowing for interactions between students from around the world.

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