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The GCT is the only charity in the UK dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the Galapagos Islands.
Based in the United Kingdom, the Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the protection and conservation of the Galapagos Islands. Established in 1995, the GCT has supported a wide variety of conservation and awareness programs.
The GCT works by identifying problem areas in Galapagos with feasible solutions and then raising the funds to see the solutions through. One example is the installation of solar panels at the Charles Darwin Research Station. With the panels, the station can generate much of its own power and be an example to other businesses and organizations on the islands. It's a good, feasible project and one that comes with a specific price tag.
The GCT is currently managing several such programs. One problem they have identified is the lack of Ecuadorians with higher education in management positions at the park and research areas, so they're supporting scholarships for talented Ecuadorians to work on their doctorates in Europe and the USA. They are also collecting donations for programs designed to protect birds from introduced species.
An ongoing GCT program is concerned with protecting sharks from illegal shark fin fishing and long-line fishing, both of which kill countless sharks every year. As the top marine predator, the shark is a key element in the Galapagos food chain and an irreplaceable part of their ecosystem. An important part of this program is catching illegal fishermen, and in this the GCT has the full cooperation of the Galapagos National Park Service.
The Galapagos Conservation Trust is supported by many reputable members of the international and Ecuadorian travel community. Galapagosislands.com is proud to be a corporate level sponsor of the GCT.
Interested in helping the GCT in their conservation and protection efforts? There are any number of ways to become involved in the GCT community and support their invaluable efforts. It is possible to donate funds directly, purchase a GCT membership, enter photos (with a small fee) in their photo competition or “adopt” Galapagos Penguins, Tortoises or other animals. See their web site for details!