As of February 2012, Adventure Life travelers have raised over $83,000 for conservation efforts in the Galapagos Islands. Those are impressive numbers – you should be proud of yourself, I know I sure am! These monies where raised through our Galapagos Traveler-Funding program; a program we launched with IGTOA (International Galapagos Tour Operators Association) in 2006.
Here’s where your dollars went in 2011:
CDF (Charles Darwin Foundation) received a total of $28,000. IGTOA members allocated $10,000 to the station for general operating support — to help it improve its physical and staffing infrastructure in order to meet the islands’ present and future challenges. Another $18,000 was awarded towards its interpretive services program which enables young Ecuadorians and Galapagos residents to gain experience in tourism and public relations.
WildAid, an organization whose mission is to end illegal wildlife trade by reducing demand through public awareness campaigns and providing comprehensive marine protection, received $25,000 in funds, which will go toward supporting a preventive quarantine initiative in the Galapagos Islands supply chain. The program will endeavor to design internationally accepted biosecurity protocols at the embarkation port in Guayaquil. The monies from the fund-raising program will specifically be used to help in procuring a biosecurity expert and help pay for biosecurity equipment costs.