Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Galapagos islands has been declared an endangered world heritage site

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Galapagos islands, the isolated Pacific archipelago whose wildlife inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, has been declared an endangered world heritage site, after Ecuador admitted it could not properly protect the islands.

The UN's World Heritage Committee made the ruling yesterday.

In a letter to the committee, Ecuador proposed an international conference to seek funds and technical help for preserving Galapagos, which earns the South American nation more than $200 million U.S. a year in tourism income.

But Canadian maritime conservationist Paul Watson yesterday said Ecuador itself is to blame for the deteriorating state of Galapagos, where increasing numbers of illegal fishermen over the last decade have become the biggest threat to unique and indigenous marine life such as turtles, seals and sea birds.

Source : ottawacitizen via Naturelle

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