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The Enchanted Islands


Sea lionThe Galapagos Islands were declared a National Park in 1959, protecting 97.5% of the archipelago's land area. The remaining area was set aside for the three human settlements that existed at that time.

Approximately 1,000 to 2,000 people called the islands their home.

By the 1980s, this number had dramatically risen to more than 15,000 people. In 1986 the surrounding ocean was declared a marine reserve. UNESCO recognised the islands as a World Heritage Site in 1978, which was extended in December 2001 to include the marine reserve.

The Charles Darwin Foundation dedicated to the conservation of the islands was founded in Belgium in 1959.

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