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Galapagos National Park


The park was established on 14 May 1936 by Executive Decree No. 31 and ratified on 4 July 1959 by Decree No. 17. At that time the boundary of the national park was fixed to include all Galapagos Islands, except those which had already been colonised as of 20 July 1959.

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After final establishment of the boundaries in 1968, 96% of the land area of the archipelago was included in the park.

The Galapagos Islands were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1978 and were internationally recognised as a Biosphere Reserve under the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme in 1984.

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In 1986, the Galapagos Marine Resources Reserve (GMRR) was established including all waters within 15 nautical miles of a baseline joining the outermost points of the Galapagos Islands. This was upgraded to a Biological Reserve of Marine Resources in December 1996.

The Galapagos National Park contributes to the development of the insular region in accordance with the characteristics and capacity of the unique Galapagos ecosystems.

The Galapagos National Park contributes to the development of the insular region in accordance with the characteristics and capacity of the unique Galapagos ecosystems. In many occasions, policies and procedures have been defined and ratified in order to support a selective and special development in accordance with the specific conditions of the islands.

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