We are proud of what we’ve been accomplishing in Galapagos, Cuba, and Costa Rica—and we couldn’t do any of it alone! That’s why we are grateful to have an array of excellent partners and friends supporting us in various avenues along our journey of sustainable development and conservation at our locations. From local institutions, university partners to fellow NGO’s, to the local residents on site, we are proud to introduce our partners and friends!
Dirección del Parque Nacional Galápagos
(Galápagos National Park)
The Galápagos National Park is an integral IOI partner, as 97% of the islands are National Park grounds, and largely inaccessible without a guide or special permission. The GNP is important to the community of Isabela as a knowledgeable resource, and IOI partners with the Park to run workshops and summer camps, working to increase awareness and stewardship among the local community on the island. This partnership also enables us to act as scientific advisors doing independent research according to the needs identified by the National Park.
The Cuba Marine Research and Conservation Program’s mission is to: build sound scientific collaboration between Cuba, the United States and neighboring countries that share marine resources; establish locally-supported marine research and conservation programs; contribute to the scientific understanding of the region's natural resources; conserve Cuba’s marine ecosystems; and empower the next generation of Cuban marine scientists. With the support of CubaMar, local experts, and volunteers, we are committed to an ongoing effort to improve, monitor, and ultimately ensure coral reef health in this precious and ecologically diverse place. To read more about IOI’s research and conservation work with CubaMar, please click here:https://www.ioi.ngo/reef-and-coastal-habitat-conservation-volunteer/
(Animal and pest control Galapagos)
ABG controls the invasive species on the Galapagos islands. IOI partners with ABG to control cats and dogs on Isabela island through managing and maintaining a dog shelter and sterilizing animals.
(Educational Art Program based in Quito, Ecuador)
A non-profit organization based in Quito, Ecuador, ArtEducarte is an educational art program that serves children and teachers in Ecuador. IOI brings ArtEducarte to Isabela to offer their art education program to the kids and teachers of the community and creating stimulating creativity and expression wrapped in a fun conservation message.
The foundation was created as a social responsibility program formalizing the commitment of Horizontes Nature Tours with Costa Rica's environment. Their purpose is to promote funding for projects that can help improve the quality of life of the people and environment of Costa Rica. Specifically, we have launched a new chapter of Mujeres con Futuro in our host community of El Jobo, Costa Rica. The three part program is designed to offer innovative and sustainable solutions that contribute to the reduction of poverty, exclusion, and unemployment for women in Costa Rica. To read more about IOI’s social development and female empowerment work with Horizontes, please click here: https://www.ioi.ngo/mujeres-con-futuro/
ETC is uniquely composed of academic biologists, fishermen and local tourism operators who have the common objective to achieve a sustainable development of marine resources and habitats through the involvement of science, education and responsible tourism. We have established a strong network of local and international volunteers who are dedicated to supporting their research. To read more about IOI’s research and conservation work with ETC, please click here: https://www.ioi.ngo/sea-turtle-research/
Consejo de Gobierno - State Govt of Galapagos
The Governing Council is the body responsible for the administration of the province, Territorial Planning, the management of resources, and the organization of the activities carried out in Galapagos, to guarantee the conservation of the State's natural heritage and good health. We launched a cooperation with them in October 2017 that seeks to provide agricultural support to improve food security, diversify the economy, and reduce introduction of invasive species and carbon footprint of human life on the island. To read more about IOI’s conservation and development work with the Consejo de Gobierno, please click here: