Project Floreana : an integrated approach to conservation
2009 - 2012
Floreana is the southernmost island in the Galapagos archipelago, which is known worldwide for its unique flora and fauna and for its history as the birthplace of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Following the successful removal of many introduced mammals (goats, pigs, donkeys) from other unpopulated areas of Galapagos, it was clear that if Floreana were to be restored to a balanced equilibrium, then the people living there would need to be part of the solution. For this reason, the vision of Project Floreana is to integrate the local community into scientifically-based conservation actions for the restoration and protection of Floreana. During the year in which the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation provided general support for the project, four goals were addressed:
- working with the community
- increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of conservation management in Floreana
- decreasing the risk of further invasive species problems in Floreana
- mitigating or eliminating the main threats to native wildlife allowing for establishment of self-sustaining populations of locally extinct species.
Charles Darwin Foundation