Silversea Cruises has launched a fund dedicated to safeguarding the Galapagos Islands, established in partnership with Galapagos Conservancy, a USA-based organisation focussed on protecting the Galapagos’ ecosystems and biological integrity.
The Silversea Fund for the Galapagos will support a number of projects each year, focussing on the local communities (including programmes for youth empowerment, education and training) as well as science, technology and conservation. The fund will accept formal and grassroots project proposals from the Galapagos’ four inhabited islands: San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Isabela and Floreana.
“The Silversea Fund for the Galapagos is a natural extension of our belief that sustainable tourism can open eyes and foster respect for our planet, particularly for such unique and diverse destinations as the Galapagos,” said Fernando Delgado, vice president and general manager of Silversea Cruises Ecuador. “We will use education as a means to sustain the long-term conservation of the environment, leveraging on our strong relationships with the region’s local people. We are honoured to have Galapagos Conservancy as our administrative partner for this initiative, and we know our guests will be excited to help protect the island’s natural treasures by supporting the fund.”
“We are dedicated to the long-term protection of the Galapagos Islands – a common goal that we share with Silversea Cruises,” said Johannah Barry, founder and president of Galapagos Conservancy. “We are delighted to support the Silversea Fund for the Galapagos and our partnership will make a significant impact on the conservation efforts throughout the region, from a grassroots level upwards. The Silversea Fund will help to protect the natural environment, as well as the fauna that inhabits the archipelago, for generations to come.”
The Silversea Fund builds on the cruise line’s existing efforts in support of the Galapagos, including contribution to the Floreana Island Ecological Restoration project.
The fund will be open to donations from guests traveling on board Silver Galapagos, and those on Silver Origin from July 2020. Guests who donate between US$500-1,000 per suite (€448-896) will get a Future Cruise Credit in a matching amount that can be applied for any future voyage on any ship in the Silversea fleet.
Image by Lucia Griggi, courtesy of Silversea Cruises