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WWF Experts Available to Discuss Galápagos Conservation Following Emergency Decree

WASHINGTON– Following Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa’s emergency decree stating the Galápagos are at risk and formalizing their status as a national conservation priority, World Wildlife Fund experts are available to comment on and discuss conservation in the Galápagos based on WWF’s forty years of experience working there.

The declaration specifically addressed the need to manage the islands’ extraordinary rate of development related to tourism and the increasing human population. President Correa will convene a meeting of his ministers to decide next steps.

“WWF remains committed to working with the authorities of Ecuador to create a development model that continues to generate benefits for the conservation of the Islands and the scientific community as well as for the citizens of the Galapagos and the country of Ecuador,” said Carter Roberts, president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund.

WWF experts available for interview include

  • Carter Roberts, president and CEO, World Wildlife Fund (fluent in English and located in USA)
  • Lauren Spurrier, managing director, Galápagos Program, World Wildlife Fund (fluent in English and located in USA)
  • Eliecer Cruz, ecoregional director, Galápagos office, WWF (fluent in Spanish and located in Ecuador)

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