While conservation endeavors around the world require much effort in restoration (a task not always biologically effective), in Cuba and the Galápagos we do not need to invest as much in restoring biodiversity as we do in maintaining current biodiversity and preventing any further loss. However, such a privileged conservation status may not last too long. If we want to preserve these islands, the opportunity is now—by tomorrow it might be too late.
Invasive Species Prey on Marine Iguanas
Managing invasive species that threaten that environmental well being is integral to the survival of the island and its native inhabitants.
We assist conservation by supporting efforts of our local partners - municipalities, schools and universities, National Parks/Biosphere reserves - in a variety of ways: we fund local initiatives, coordinate international research and financial involvement, and provide personnel for various small scale conservation projects. This sort of proactive yet integrative and collaborative involvement is necessary for environmental sustainability as the international sphere and local efforts have become inextricably by globalized trade, travel, and pollution.
Specific projects can range from managing invasive species that threaten a local environmental balance, to the establishment of preservation zones in coordination with the local authorities or bringing international expert teams for specific intervention campaigns.
All our efforts are supported by educational components in the formal and informal sectors. These include environmental summer camps for local kids to a continuing education program. Additionally, we encourage our University and NGO partners to assist in our efforts with data creation, research, and expertise.