Galapagos would arguably no longer exist as a laboratory of evolution if the Charles Darwin Foundation, established 50 years ago, had not taken up the fight to conserve the archipelago’s unique ecosystem.
Today, more than 100 scientists, students and volunteers are conducting a continuous research-based awareness campaign on Galapagos to reconcile ecology and economic interests with one another. Yet the area is constantly under threat: from human settlement, from the introduction of foreign animal species, from overfishing and from climate change.
In addition to this, much of the effort put in by the worldwide network involves fostering an appreciation of ecotourism and increasing the inhabitants’ awareness of the need to protect what they love. It amounts to a profusion of tasks and challenges on a chronically tight budget. Since 2009, when the scientific world celebrated the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth, IWC Schaffhausen has been one of the patrons and guardians of this jewel.
IWC supports the work of the Foundation with a sizeable contribution generated by proceeds from the sale of its Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Galapagos Islands diver’s watch.
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