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Accomplishments of Charles Darwin

History and Achievements

Victor Van Stralen Inaguration.jpg1959: Inauguration of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands

With the help of the IUCN, UNESCO, and a team of worldwide conservationists, the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (CDF) was founded under Belgian Law in 1959. For over 50 years, CDF has provided unique scientific solutions to protect the Islands Galapagos. Our work continues to make the biggest impacts at local, national and international levels.
54 years of CDF impacts:

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands created and (GNP) established.

Charles Darwin Research Station established in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos.

Internationally-recognized herbarium established, containing the largest Galapagos plant collection in the world.
Giant Tortoise repatriation program established; world-class program continues today.

The first educational program for conservation is initiated on the Galapagos Islands.

The Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) began operating.

CDF science team revising nests for the invasive fly, Philornis Downsi1971
Together with the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD), CDF discovered the last known surviving Pinta Island giant tortoise, Lonesome George.

CDF scholarship training program founded for Ecuadorian students. Alumni have gone on to very successful careers working on Galapagos conservation projects. The program continues to be a success today.


Land iguana breeding and repatriation program initiated.

The Galapagos Islands are established as a Natural Heritage Site for Humanity by UNESCO.
The Galapagos National Park is considered a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Daisy tree Scalesia atractyloides, thought to be extinct, rediscovered on Santiago island.

CDF and the GNPD launch Project Isabela to restore Santiago, Pinta, & northern Isabela Islands.

Rediscovery of Floreana flax Linum cratericola, previously thought to be extinct.

Special Law for Galapagos creates the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR); contributions from CDF are crucial in ensuring that Galapagos’ needs for sustainable local development and environmental education are met under this new law.

CDF and the Galapagos Conservation Fund (Lindblad Expeditions) launch the Local Conservation Action Fund (LCAF), with the objective of providing seed funding for 95 community conservation programs and sustainable businesses. Partnership continues with Lindblad and National Geographic today.

CDF establishes Environmental Education Centers on Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, and Isabela, providing learning resources for all ages.

Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation awarded to CDF by UNESCO.

Terrestrial Invertebrates Database and Collections established.

Galapagos Inspection and Quarantine Program initiated to prevent introduced species from reaching the islands, after major contribution from CDF.

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by Schlauberger

Accomplishments and discoveries of men who weren't spurred by belief in god.
Evolution - Charles Darwin
Psychoanalysis - Sigmund Freud
Classical Conditioning - Ivan Pavlov
General relativity - Albert Einstein
Atomic Theory - Democritus
Computer Science - Alan Turing
the list goes on and on

Lamarckian Inheritance: Passing what you have learned to your children  — h+ Magazine
Savor the irony that the version of Darwinism that is best accepted today is ultra-orthodox, far more narrow than beliefs and writings of Charles Darwin.

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