Charles Darwin Foundation
Coastal landscapes with black volcanic rock, scorched hillsides covered with cactuses and holy wood trees, mountain peaks shrouded in mist – the breathtaking landscape of the Galapagos Islands leaves visitors spellbound. The unique flora and fauna on the volcanic archipelago situated around 1,000 kilometres from the coast of Ecuador has developed over the past 4 million years. Many of the unique species known as “endemic”, such as giant tortoises, Darwin’s finches and marine iguanas are not found anywhere else on earth. However, human settlement, the introduction of foreign species and overfishing are posing a serious threat to this fragile ecosystem. The Charles Darwin Foundation, founded in 1959 under the auspices of UNESCO and the IUCN, is committed to the protection of the islands through its continuous research and educational work in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park Directorate and many other national and international institutions. IWC Schaffhausen has been a partner of the foundation since 2009, supporting the work of over 100 researchers, students and volunteers with a share of the proceeds from the sale of special edition Aquatimer watches.