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Galapagos Organic Rescue: Sustainable Control of Introduced Plant Species
This Galapagos Islands conservation project, "Galapagos Organic Rescue" focuses on supporting the control of selected introduced species in the Galapagos Islands, as well as the sustainable development of local communities through organic agriculture.  Other projects focus on introduced species in the National Park, but without controlling them in the private land (3% of the islands), the problem continues due to ‘recontamination’ from seeds carried by the wind or by birds, so we focus on this private land.  For example, guava and 'mora' (a kind of black raspberry) spread rapidly and have invaded the pasturelands of the Galapagos farmers.
The Galapagos project involves a series of strategies:
The use of organic alcohol as fuel and as the extraction agent in processing will avoid damage to the unique ecosystem of the Galapagos islands because it is environmentally inoffensive and any spills will leave no residue. 
Other eradication projects have suffered problems with sustainability, but our transformation of the biomass of the problem species into saleable organic products ensures a viable and sustainable economic resource for the life of the project.  To prevent any unintended disincentive to eradication, the Galapagos farmers already understand that they will not participate in the benefits from the weed extraction, only from the ongoing market for permitted crops and their products, for example organic cheese and yoghurt, etc.
The unique relationship with the market for these products will actually control the results, with each purchase directly influencing the rescue of the Galapagos habitat.  For example, an organic, limited-edition lipstick made from natural colouring will be ideal for environmentally-aware consumers with a sense of social justice.  The majority of these consumers will probably be in developed countries.  
The use of organic alcohol guarantees the highest possible quality of environmental care and will be fairly traded from CADO, a cooperative of rural farmers in an area of extreme poverty in mainland Ecuador, creating social and environmental benefits.
This Galapagos conservation project meets the 'Green Progress' criteria for environmental, social and economic sustainability, and is currently working to establish adequate operating conditions and personnel in the islands.  We hope to start Galapagos Organic Rescue in 2018.
Galapagos Wildlife Photos
More information and links about the Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands Conservation:
Sustainable Organic Control of Introduced Species in the Galapagos Islands
is a Green Progress project from CRACYP, promoting organic agriculture
to protect the fragile Galapagos ecosystems and provide development opportunities for the island communities.

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Guava bushes on Galapagos pasture land'Mora' (black raspberry) bushes in the Galapagos IslandsConservation volunteer with guava tree trunk in the Galapagos
A white guava flower,common in the Galapagos Islands
Galapagos giant tortoise
Galapagos baby sealion with tourist