The Galápagos Stories

  • How community and Indigenous efforts contribute to protecting our oceans

    While marine protected areas are the most well-known pathway to protect marine life, experts are turning toward ‘other effective conservation measures' (OECMs) to work alongside marine protected areas as complementary pathways that protect our ocean ecosystems.

    A sea lion sits on the beach in the Galapagos with ocean water to its left and a mountain in the background
  • Eliminating fisheries crime calls for innovative partnerships. WWF just helped launch one.

    January 17, 2023

    WWF and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Global Maritime Crime Program have launched a new partnership to advance innovative knowledge-sharing to protect the waters around Ecuador.

    A shark swims in waters off the Galapagos islands with a school of fish in the background
  • Life among the mangroves

    July 14, 2022

    Straddling the land and the sea with a tangle of arching roots, mangrove trees guard coastlines all over the world. Learn about the wildlife that relies on these special trees for their survival.

    A proboscis monkey sits in a mangrove tree
  • Expansion of protected areas signals progress for protection of Galápagos Islands

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2022
    From rugged marine iguanas sunbathing on basalt shorelines to tortoises plodding across grassy plains, the Galápagos Islands boast unparalleled biodiversity.
    Underwater photo of sea turtle swimming near coral
  • Get a dose of nature without leaving home

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2020
    A new webinar series by WWF and Natural Habitat Adventures offers travel-lovers an inspiring way to explore the world —all from the comfort of home.
    African elephant in tall grass
  • Mighty Mangroves

    Mangroves are a vibrant part of coastal wetlands on five continents. Explore some of the most diverse coastal forests around the world.

    A view of mangroves along the coast from the water
  • In Galápagos National Park, Oscar Carvajal asks what a park ranger needs

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2019
    The success of the park depends heavily on park rangers, but their needs are not always fully considered in protected area management plans. A public use technician in Ecuador wants to change that.
    Seals on a beach
  • Diving for Data in the Galápagos

    February 05, 2019

    An innovative program’s ultimate goal is to help boost the “ocean economy” in the Galápagos in a sustainable way—ensuring that tourism and livelihoods can flourish while minimizing any impact on its irreplaceable ecosystem.

    sea turtle and diver Antonio Busiello WW289509
  • Meet the giants of the Pacific Ocean

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    Waters between the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador attract migratory sea life, gather one of the world’s largest known populations of giant manta rays, and act serve as a whale shark breeding ground.
    Whale shark with snorkler
  • A Galápagos community balances tourism and conservation

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    Tourist boats used to flock to Floreana Island for day tours without previously booking, leaving the community unprepared. With WWF's help, residents redesigned their tourism model for the long term.
    Seal swimming underwater
  • The Long Game

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    How policy, enforcement, and earning the trust of local fishers protected one of the most diverse coastlines in the world.
    Dolphins off the coast of Ecuador
  • Sustainable shrimp?

    November 14, 2018

    Titi shrimp, or pomada, are wild shrimp, native to Ecuador, and they are harvested around the Gulf of Guayaquil by both trawlers and artisanal fishermen using a unique kind of trap that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. WWF-Ecuador has been working with both the industrial and artisanal fishermen to ensure that the fishery is sustainable.

    shrimp Antonio Busiello WW290773
  • Tackling plastic pollution in the Galápagos

    October 24, 2018

    Around the world, humans produce an estimated 1.3 billion tons of plastic waste per year, a number that is set to increase to 2.2 billion by 2025. In countries such as Ecuador that have limited garbage collection services, some of this plastic waste inevitably ends up back in the oceans or on beaches, where it has the potential to harm and human health.

    blue footed booby galapagos Tui De Roy WW24425
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