First Atlas of the Native and Invasive Species of the Galapagos Islands

On Friday, September 7, the Charles Darwin Foundation launched the first Galapagos Atlas: native and invasive species. This publication is a joint project between the Charles Darwin Foundation and WWF Ecuador. The launch was part of the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the declaration of the Galapagos National Park as World Heritage Site.

The 70 authors in this book are national and international professionals — including renowned scientists working in long-term research. They provide basic information on topics as diverse as geology, climatology, Charles Darwin's observations, history of human settlements, introduced species, and fishing and tourism activities as main sources of income.

This collective narrative provides a starting point to understand the magnitude of the impact that species introduced into the archipelago have on endemic and native species, as well as on terrestrial, marine-coastal and oceanic ecosystems, both in protected and unprotected, urban and rural areas. Records presenting 16 groups of plants and animals and 45 individual species provide updated information about their conservation status, how much scientific knowledge has been acquired about them, and the research needs — all complemented with illustrations, infographics and maps showing their distribution in the archipelago.

With clear and carefully crafted contents, this Atlas is at the same time an excellent divulgation tool for the general public, and an essential instrument for decision-making in an environmental management context. It will, without any doubt, become a reference work for all those interested in natural sciences and in the protection of the Galapagos Islands, a Natural Heritage Site.

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The Atlas is only available in Spanish



MAY 25, 2022


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