International Day for Biological Diversity: Galapagos Islands
May 22nd, 2015 is this year’s International Day for biological diversity. Each year has a different topic, and this year the topic is biodiversity for sustainable development. In other words, it's about finding a way to ensure the survival of a wide range of creatures so that the massive industries that require biodiversity remain protected.
Sometimes it's thought that sustainability comes with harsh economic costs, and while sometimes this is true it is also true that biodiversity is essential for:
- Global and local economies
- Food production
- Safe and clean water
- Cost effective and sustainable agriculture
- Climate protection
- Eco tourism
- And more
When I think of biological diversity I can't help but think of a few specific places in the world that unknown for their amazing biological diversity.
The Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are located 973 km off the coast of South America. Sitting right on the border of the northern and southern hemispheres it is closest to Ecuador. The Galapagos Islands are particularly well known for their amazing biodiversity and due to the archipelago's remote nature the islands were one of the places that Charles Darling used while researching and forming the theory of evolution.
It is this remoteness that has allowed unique wildlife to develop that while similar to other areas of the world are in many cases unique to the islands. Check out these amazing and unique creatures only found in these islands.
The islands are home to many unique variety of Iguanas
There are also Fur Seals and Sea Lions
And of course giant Turtles
Unfortunately a many of the unique species in the Galapagos Islands are under threat so if you are thinking of going then there is no time like the present.