San Cristobal Biological Reserve

San Cristobal Biological Reserve

Located on the San Cristobal Island of the unique Galapagos archipelago, famous for the giant tortoise, conserves one of the last remnants of native vegetation on the higher portion of the island.


 

A GENERAL VISION

The Jatun Sacha Foundation is proud to announce its sixth Biological Station-Private Reserve on the San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Archipelago. The Galapagos Islands sit in the Pacific Ocean about 1000 km west of Ecuador. Because the islands were never connected to the mainland, many species of plants and animals are unique to the Galapagos. In 1835, the young naturalist Charles Darwin, arrived on the islands. His collections from the Galapagos became central to his theory of how species evolve.

The Capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, is located in San Cristobal. This island is one of the 5 inhabited islands of the Galapagos archipelago that for decades has been dedicated to agriculture, mainly producing sugar cane and coffee. About 5,400 people live here, and many work for the government or in fisheries.

The highland forests of the populated Islands in the Galapagos chain have been greatly altered due to the introduction of exotic and invasive species of animals and plants. Highland conservation, development and poverty issues have been almost completely neglected by conservation, development and government agencies. As a result of the lack of fruit and vegetable production on the Galapagos Islands, boats from the Ecuadorian mainland unload fruits and vegetables to hotels, restaurants, and markets on a daily basis. Quarantine regulations are consistently ignored and at least two exotic and/or invasive plant or faunal species enter the islands each day. This is the reason why one of the main current problems on the Galapagos islands is the introduction of non-native species (plants and insects), estimated at one or two new species introduced to the islands every day, mainly through the importation of food to the islands from mainland Ecuador.

Importantly, the local population, lacking most government services and suffering high unemployment levels, is almost completely excluded from working in and benefiting from the tourism industry: tour operators do nearly all their business from their boats, ignoring business possibilities with local Galapagueños.

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TEACHER

PROFILE:
NAME: Miriam Matute

AGE: 35 years old

Mail: volunteer1@jatunsacga.org

Teaching experience: 4 years

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During your first hour of lessons you will take a short test to evaluate your level of Spanish, and then you work out a plan of study with your teacher, that will be the best for to learn.

The classes start at 4 pm to 6 pm (Monday to Friday)

The classes start since July 21th, 2014

SAN CRISTÓBAL STATION AND BIOLOGICAL RESERVE

 URGENT NEEDS

  • 10 Mattresses Chaide & Chaide of a square
  • 15 Tent
  • 10 thin bedspreads
  • 15 small garden shovels
  • 15 garden hoes
  • 15 machetes
  • 3 laptops
  • 2 sets of stainless steel pots
  • Oster Blender
  • A freezer
  • A clothes dryer
  • Washing machine
  • 5000 Biodegradable Cases for reforestation.

ACTIVITIES REPORT BY VOLUNTEERS IN THE MONTH OF JUNE 2014.

Ministry of Agriculture.

  • Annually volunteers perform plantations that are given to coffee farmers; this year collected around 30,000 plants.
  • They transfer of 30,000 plants were performed respectively to biodegradable bags.
  • Flora ID to analyze whether native or introduced species, subsequently transferred to the coffee plantations.
  • Maintenance of plantings above.

Galapagos National Park.

  • Seed collection
  • Mix of substrates in the greenhouse
  • Transfers of native and endemic plants to the appropriate places in the area.
  • Cleanliness of the coastal area around the national park.
  • Maintenance of trails in tourist sites, this activity takes place two days a week. (Wednesday and Thursday)

San Cristóbal Biological Reserve.

  • Seed collection belonging to the nursery of booking.
  • Mixture of substrates, the same that are used to reinforce damaged sites in the area.
  • Maintenance of trails.
  • The station has a vegetable garden, the same that is used for own consumption plantations, thus avoid consuming products of the continent, as the income of introduced animals such as insects and cockroaches.
  • Perform procedures sustainability, which means to be responsible with the environment.
  • The Reserve gives the opening and the opportunity to realize projects, the same that are created by volunteers, and may investigate the flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands.
  • Data Collection.
  • Inventareis
  • Educational walks in and out of the station.
  • Collaboration in the different areas of the station, such as: kitchen, recreation areas etc.

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