Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Island (Isla Santa Cruz, )


  • Name:Freda Chapman
  • Title:Grants Manager

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Island
  • Address:Avenida Charles Darwin
    Puerto Ayora
    Isla Santa Cruz

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  • Main phone:005932526146

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  • Mission:
  • The Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF)’s mission is to provide knowledge and assistance through scientific research and complementary action to ensure the conservation of the environment and biodiversity in the Galapagos Archipelago.

  • History:
  • With the help of the IUCN, UNESCO, and conservationists worldwide, Charles Darwin Foundation was founded under Belgian Law in 1959. Since then, CDF has been instrumental in stabilizing the ecosystem and preserving the natural wonders the islands offer.
    1959: CDF created and Galapagos National Park established
    1964: Charles Darwin Research Station established in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos. Internationally-recognized herbarium established, containing the largest Galapagos plant collection in the world
    1965: Giant Tortoise repatriation program initiated
    1966: First conservation education programs commence in the Galapagos Islands
    1968: Galapagos National Park (GNP) begins operations
    1971: Last known surviving Pinta Island giant tortoise (Lonesome George) found
    1972: Scholarship training program initiated for Ecuadorian students
    1976: Land iguana population restoration program initiated
    1978: Galapagos Islands named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
    1984: Galapagos National Park recognized as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO
    1995: Daisy tree Scalesia atractyloides, thought to be extinct, rediscovered on Santiago island
    1997: Rediscovery of Floreana flax Linum cratericola, previously thought to be extinct
    1998: Special Law for Galapagos creates the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR); contributions from CDF are crucial in ensuring that Galapagos’ needs for sustainable local development and environmental education are met under the new law. GNP and CDF begin Project Isabela – the world’s largest eradication and restoration program – to restore Santiago, Pinta and northern Isabela Islands. CDF and the Galapagos Conservation Fund (Lindblad Expeditions) begin the Fondos para Accion Local de Conservacion, (FALC) project, which will ultimately provide seed funding for 95 conservation community programs and sustainable businesses. CDF establishes Environmental Education Centers on Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, and Isabela, providing learning resources for all ages.
    1999: Sultán Qabús Prize for Environmental Preservation awarded to CDF by UNESCO
    2000: Terrestrial Invertebrates Database and Collection established. Galapagos Inspection and Quarantine Program initiated, after major contribution from CDF, to prevent introduced species from reaching the islands
    2001: World Heritage Site extended to include the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR). CDF wins J. Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation Prize. IUCN adds the entire endemic flora of Galapagos to the Red List of Endangered and Threatened Species and creates a Galapagos Plant Specialist Group. Oil tanker Jessica spills and CDF responds quickly with staff assistance and ecosystem monitoring
    2002: Society for Conservation Biology Award for Distinguished Achievement awarded to CDF for distinguished service in the field of conservation biology. International Cosmos Prize awarded to the CDRS by Japan
    2003: Baseline Study of the Marine Reserve published. Baseline Study of Plant Research published. Government of Ecuador enacts the Law for Total Control of Introduced Species in Galapagos
    2004: BBVA Foundation Prize awarded to CDF in Spain. Commander of the National Order of Honorato Vásquez bestowed on CDF by the Government of Ecuador. Punto Azul Award from the Colegio Nacional de Galápagos
    2005: Galapagos marine reserve recognized as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area by the International Maritime Organization
    2007: Galapagos declared “at risk” by President Rafael Correa of Ecuador, emphasizing its conservation as a critical priority for the country. Galapagos Islands added to the list of World Heritage Sites in danger. CDF releases “Galapagos at Risk” report, effectively analyzing damaging socio-economic trends in the archipelago
    2009: CDF celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding, alongside the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth
    2010: CDF launches three Flagship Programs: Human Footprints in Galapagos, Climate Change, and Project Floreana, and Knowledge Management program.

  • Year established:1959
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:34
  • Staff size:97

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Pablo Iturralde
    Peter Kramer
    Barbara West
    Daniel Ortega,Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
    Dennis Geist
    Randal Keynes
    Swen Lorenz

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Dr. J. Gabriel Lopez, PhD

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Mr. Alfredo Santillan
    Dr. Rodolfo Martinez
    Dr. Volker Koch


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:Other
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