“The Charles Darwin Foundation is not only the archipelago’s oldest private scientific research organization, it is also an institution that I believe the islands could not live without. There are manifold challenges endangering the biodiversity and environment of the Galapagos, and additionally the social challenge of having to achieve the “Buen Vivir” (good living) for local communities. Now more than ever is the time to invest in solid scientific research, in order to reach out to the decision-making bodies of the Government of Ecuador and provide them with sound information and technical advice.”
– Swen Lorenz, Executive Director
Charles Darwin Foundation
The Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (CDF) is an international not-for-profit scientific organization. The CDF has been working in Galapagos since 1959 under an agreement with the Government of Ecuador and with a clear mission to provide knowledge and assistance through scientific research and complementary action to ensure the conservation of the environment and biodiversity in the Galapagos Archipelago.
Over one hundred scientists, educators, research assistants, support staff, and volunteers from all over the world take part in CDF’s conservation effort.