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WWF supports use of new technology in the Galápagos Islands

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With the support of the WWF, the Galápagos National Park and the Galápagos Government Council, the MS TÛRANOR Planet Solar, a boat that runs entirely on solar energy, recently visited the Galápagos Islands. The goal of the visit was to promote solar power, efficient energy and ecological mobility by providing information and increasing awareness of the importance of renewable energy.

MS TÛRANOR Planet Solar is the world’s largest solar boat and is currently circumnavigating the world using an electric motor which is silent and pollution-free. The project shows how current technologies to improve energy efficiency are viable and effective, and aims to further scientific research in the field of renewable energy.

In its desire to promote the well-being of the oceans and the reduction in emissions through the use of new environmentally-friendly technology, WWF combined forces with the Galápagos National Park and the Galápagos Government Council  to enable the solar boat to visit the archipelago and inform the authorities, local organizations, local communities and the tourist sector about the uses of renewable energy.

WWF’s vision  for a sustainable environment in the Galápagos

“WWF hopes that the visit of MS TÛRANOR PlanetSolar will capture the imagination of the public and enlarge the vision of what can be achieved by the use of and research into new technology to create a sustainable future in which there will be pollution-free cities. It contributes to the search for alternative sources of energy and the promotion of the use of renewable energy in various sectors in order to guarantee the conservation of the Galápagos for future generations,” stated Eliecer Cruz, Ecoregional Director of the WWF Galápagos Program.

The MS TÛRANOR PlanetSolar visit represents a first step towards the use of new clean technology in the archipelago.  It will help promote the new vision agreed by WWF, the authorities and the local community to minimize the human impact, and implement the use of renewable energy as a way of introducing improved tourist practices aimed at creating a sustainable environment on the Galápagos Islands.

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