Galapagos Organic Rescue: Sustainable Control of Introduced
This Galapagos Islands
conservation project, "Galapagos Organic Rescue"
supporting the control of selected
species in the Galapagos Islands, as well as the
sustainable development of local communities through organic
projects focus on introduced species in the National
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
pasturelands of the Galapagos farmers.
The Galapagos project
series of strategies:
The creation of a system to
selected species from private Galapagos
construction of a small mobile plant to process this vegetable
production and sale of a variety of organic products from the Galapagos
craft products, essential oils, colourings, plant extracts and herbs;
the profits generated by these products, we plan to achieve:
seeding of the cleared Galapagos farms with permissible organic crops.
Organic agriculture will provide
the farmers with a more economically
beneficial and environmentally friendly source of income, and
the re-growth of
the problem species on the islands;
increase in the programme of reforestation with native species; and
for the Galapagos community about the problems facing their unique
which will improve their ability to protect and conserve it.
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
inoffensive and any spills will leave no residue.
projects have suffered problems with
sustainability, but our transformation of the biomass of
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
from the weed extraction, only from the ongoing market for permitted
crops and their products, for example organic cheese and yoghurt, etc.
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
from natural colouring will be ideal for environmentally-aware
consumers with a sense of social justice. The majority of
consumers will probably be in developed countries.
use of organic
alcohol guarantees the highest possible quality of environmental
care and will be fairly traded from
a cooperative of rural farmers in an area of
extreme poverty in mainland
Ecuador, creating social and environmental benefits.
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 2013 or 2014.
Organic Control of Introduced Species in the Galapagos Islands
Green Progress project from CRACYP, promoting organic agriculture
to protect the fragile Galapagos ecosystems and
provide development opportunities for the island communities.