Ecuador expands the protected area of ​​the Galapagos

The reserve was established on Friday and has been named Hermandad (brotherhood in Norwegian). It consists of a corridor running from the Galápagos Islands to Costa Rica’s Cocos Island National Park.

The new reserve merges with the existing 138,000 square kilometer marine reserve established by Ecuador in March 1998, which covers the area around the Galápagos Islands. With the establishment of Hermandad on Friday, the country has now protected a sea area of ​​a total of 198,000 square kilometers.

The Galápagos Reserve is the second largest in the world. 2,900 different marine species have been found in the area.

The authorities’ plan is at a later date to incorporate sea areas belonging to Colombia and Panama, and thus create a huge international protected area.

Colombian President Iván Duque and former US President Bill Clinton were present when Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso officially opened the new protected area on Friday. Envoys from Costa Rica and Panama were also present during the ceremony aboard the research vessel Sierra Negra off Puerto Ayora in the Galápagos Islands.

“This new reserve will guarantee the survival of 40 percent of the world’s marine species,” said Colombia’s president.

Lasso pointed out that the planet belongs to everyone.

– The oceans are enormous regulatory mechanisms for the global climate. Taking care of the oceans is not naive idealism. It’s vital, Lasso said.

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