We believe that sustainability should be a choice based on common sense and love of nature. The Galapagos Islands’ fragile ecosystems are affected daily by human presence and tourism. However, there is a welcome trend of responsible thinking that helps balance sustainable development and protection of the environment.
At Galapagos Safari Camp we set the standard for responsible practices both at a human and environmental level. Our reforestation program together with our cacao plantation pioneer sustainable conservation efforts.
- Galapagos Safari Camp works closely with the Charles Darwin Research Station, the Galapagos National Park, and Conservation International in the reforestation of local species of trees, such as such as scalesia, guayabillo, and palo santo.
- We are one of the only Galapagos hotels that is self-sufficient in rainwater collection. The water collected is subsequently treated for use in the lodge.
- GSC uses biodegradable cleaning products, detergents, and soaps.
- We use modern three-stage wastewater treatment plants to avoid any polluted discharge.
- We grow cacao, which is non-invasive. Scalesia trees provide essential shade for the cacao plants.
- As a working cattle farm, we provide organic meat for our guests.
- GSC employees are given a small plot of land on which to grow crops, thus supplying the lodge with organic produce.
- In addition to providing employment for Santa Cruz residents, GSC works with Agents of Change to grant scholarships for local “future leaders” to study on mainland Ecuador.
On the way to recovery
Introduced invasive species are one of the most dangerous threats to Galapagos’ biodiversity. Galapagos Safari Camp is situated on the last farm before the National Park, west of Santa Cruz, where the difference between introduced and endemic flora is at its most apparent. Its location is strategic in the control of further invasions propagating into transit-zone park land. A sensible eradication and reforestation project is ongoing at GSC with the assistance of Conservation International and the guidance of the Botany Department at the Charles Darwin Foundation. A successful completion of this project could set an example in eradication and restoration at a local level and would be a useful educational tool for the local population and visitors on this critical subject.
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