Support Sustainable Farming and Conservation in the Galapagos Archipelago (CDF)

Charles Darwin Foundation
Puerto Ayora, Galapagos, Ecuador

My name is Sinchan Patil and I am a Program Director for a Fortune 500 Health Insurance company in the US. I am passionate about sustainability and conservation and use my free time to experience first-hand and learn about pressing issues such as climate change and deforestation. In the summer of 2018, I traveled to the Galapagos Islands, a place that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, to observe the unique biodiversity and see the impacts of human development on the environment. I experienced jaw dropping natural beauty, from white sand beaches to playful sea lions, giant tortoises and more.

I discovered that the unique ecosystems and biodiversity of the Galapagos Archipelago need our support. After talking to the locals and the representatives of the CDF, I learned that the growing human population and levels of tourism increase pressure on the island's limited resources.

In the highlands of Isabela, farming is a challenge due to the lack of fresh water. Water needs to be brought from the coastal region, specifically from the town of Puerto Villamil, which is expensive. In addition, water quality from this area is not adequate for farming activities; it is brackish and reduces productivity of the agricultural land.

Help us make farming economically sustainable by building a fog-harvesting and rain water collection systems. These systems will considerably alleviate the water shortage and will help to break the dependence on crops that need to be brought from the mainland or from Santa Cruz Island, consequently reducing carbon footprint associated with agriculture and contributing to the improvement of the local economy.

This initiative will be led by CDF, which has carried out scientific research to conserve the Galapagos Islands for almost 60 years.

Join me in protecting and improving the sustainability of this living laboratory of evolution!