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The Embassy of Ecuador in Washington D.C. and Galapagos Conservancy gathered donors, NGO’s and friends of the Galapagos Islands at the Ecuadorian Embassy on November 14 to reaffirm their commitments to preserving and protecting the Galapagos Islands.

The event was designed to bring together different people and organizations that contribute to the protection and preservation of the Galapagos’ unique wildlife and fauna, and to solidify the efforts of these different entities working in the islands. The event was attended by representatives from Galapagos Conservancy, Charles Darwin Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, National Geographic, the Embassy of Ecuador, and private donors.

Deputy Chief of Mission Efrain Baus presided over the event. During his address, Ambassador Baus talked about the many comprehensive initiatives and laws that Ecuador has implemented in order to protect the Galapagos Islands.

“As part of our efforts to protect the islands, we continue to work closely with different national and international institutions to increase government transparency, accountability, and streamlined governance in the Galapagos, so that we can preserve its natural and cultural heritage,” he said. “No matter what country we are from, what language we speak, or what religion we may practice, we all have the shared responsibility to protect and preserve nature”.

Johanna Barry, Founder and President of Galapagos Conservancy, also addressed the guests and thanked all the organizations that are working to preserve nature in the Galapagos. She also gave special thanks to the Embassy of Ecuador to for being so actively involved with the different organizations working in the islands.

“We are thrilled to be guests of the Ecuadorian Embassy for this event that shows once more that the Ecuadorian Government truly cares about the Galapagos Islands and is willing to bring together different people and organizations that have the common goal to preserve such a precious gift from nature, the Galapagos Islands”

Following the addresses by Efrain Baus and Johanna Barry, the guests had the opportunity to enjoy a reception and interact with each other, with the goal of finding new partnerships and strategies to support the current efforts to preserve the rich biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands.