A total of 22 tons of garbage stranded on the shores of the Galapagos Islands have been collected since January, and will be studied to see how to better protect these islands that include so many endemic species that they had inspired Darwin's theory
This figure was announced this weekend by the authorities of the Galapagos National Park, who explained that the waste, which sometimes arrives from as far as Asia, would be examined to verify in particular if they do not bring invasive animal species.
Ecuador, country to which belong these islands of the Pacific situated to a thousand kilometers of its coasts, is indeed determined to protect the Galapagos, with his giant tortoises, his manch ots and innumerable other species do not exist elsewhere.
The national park, established in 1959, protects 97% of the island's area, and a 138,000 km² marine reserve was also created around the islands, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1978.
And all fishing is forbidden in a Sanctuary of 38.000 km² between two of the islands, which counts especially the greatest concentration of sharks in the world.
Most of the waste in the Galapagos comes from outside, brought by the sea, since only 26,000 people live on all four islands, and the number of visitors is strictly limited
On the islands, the construction is very monitored, we use a maximum of renewable energy and plastic bags are prohibited.