Climate Change: The New Evolutionary Challenge for the Galapagos

Climate Change: The New Evolutionary Challenge for the Galapagos

Life in the Galapagos Islands is at risk because of climate change. Extreme weather events, warming lands and ocean, and sea level rise threaten the archipelago’s farming and fishing communities, as well as its rich marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Furthermore, energy generation in the Galapagos heavily relies on imported fossil fuels and inefficient power grids, increasing the carbon footprint in its agriculture, fisheries, and tourism sectors.

To help establish a sustainable and self-sufficient island system, this project aims to strengthen local communities through the rehabilitation of ecosystems and the promotion of climate-smart agriculture and tourism practices. This project will also assist the establishment of the Conolophus local power plant and de-risk investments for decentralised renewable energy sources, reducing overall energy dependence on imported diesel.

To maintain climate resilience and low emission measures, the project will also mainstream climate change in regulatory frameworks and planning instruments, including the establishment of an ecotourism certification scheme and educational curricula for climate knowledge among local citizens.

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided






Result areas

Project timeline


22 May 2019 - 1094 days

Concept note received

22 May 2019

Funding proposal received

25 Mar 2021

Cleared by iTAP

25 Apr 2022


19 May 2022 - 760 days so far

Approved by GCF Board

19 May 2022

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

20 Apr 2024

Under implementation

To be completed

One region

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

One country

  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing

LoanUSD 20,000,000
GrantUSD 34,730,152
LoanUSD 10,541,146
Total GCF Financing
USD 65,271,298


Co-FinancingLoanUSD 30,231,919
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 210,000
Co-FinancingEquityUSD 18,000,000
Co-FinancingEquityUSD 3,882,339
Total Co-Financing
USD 52,324,259

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Phone +82 32 458 6186 (KST)
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GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
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Accredited Entity

Corporación Andina de Fomento
Mr. Ignacio Lorenzo

Climate Action and Positive Biodiversity, Director
Ciudadela 1235, Montevideo, Uruguay
Phone +598 (2) 917- 3111
Ms. Maria Moreno Cordoba

Climate Action and Positive Biodiversity, Principal Executive
Carrera 9 No 76-49, Edificio ING, piso 7, Bogotá, Colombia
Phone +57 (1) 744-9444
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National Designated Authority

Ministry of Environment, Water and Ecological Transition
Mr. Ángel Sandoval Primary
Undersecretary of Climate Change
Av. Madrid 1159 y Andalucía, Quito, Ecuador