It is worth highlighting that this far-reaching step-forward in securing long-term funding for the Charles Darwin Research Station might not have been possible without the acumen and vision of financiers from the City of London. Facilitated by the Galapagos Conservation Trust's CEO, Ian Dunn, with full support from CDF's Director Swen Lorenz, an innovative loan structure was developed to kick-start the required funding. Once this foundation funding was secured, further funding was pledged from around the world to enable completion. With all shop profits going directly into supporting scientific research for the conservation of Galapagos, this is an example of how the skills developed in one sector of society, half way around the world, can be applied to some of our most pressing conservation concerns. Let's hope we can develop many more such ideas with the support of all sectors of society.
We would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who participated in GCT's 2013 Raffle. The lucky winner was drawn and contacted on Monday and is thrilled to accept the prize of a cabin for 2 on an 8-day cruise of the Galapagos Islands.
If you weren't the lucky one this time then be sure to look out for our 2014 Raffle which we will announce later in the year!