Ecuador has granted the United States permission to use one of its famed Galapagos islands as an airfield. But the government in Quito is facing a backlash for what critics are calling a violation of the country’s constitution, which doesn’t allow foreign military bases on its soil.
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Park rangers and volunteers collect garbage on the coast of the unpopulated Isabela Island, as tons of plastic waste wash up on the shores of the Galapagos Islands where microparticles end up in the stomachs of endemic species found only in the Pacific archipelago 1,000 kilometers west of mainland Ecuador. This report is part of an AFPTV Latin American dossier for International Water Day.
Videographic illustrating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a mass of marine debris in the north-east of the Pacific Ocean. Tons of plastic waste wash up on the shores of the Galapagos islands where microparticles end up in the stomachs of species found only in the Pacific archipelago 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) west of mainland Ecuador.VIDEOGRAPHICS
Conservationists release 155 giant tortoises of the Chelonoidis hoodensis breed on Santa Fe island in the Galapagos to help replace a similar species that died out 150 years ago.
A tortoise thought to be a Chelonoidis phantasticus, which was believed to have gone extinct about a century ago, is discovered during an expedition to Fernandina Island in Ecuador’s Galapagos archipelago.
A tortoise thought to be a Chelonoidis phantasticus, a species believed to have gone extinct about a century ago, has been discovered during an expedition to Fernandina Island in Ecuador’s Galapagos archipelago.
With the help of drones, Ecuador launches a program to eradicate rats on two Galapagos islands where the world’s only nocturnal seagull nests.
A group of Ecuadorian scientists have discovered a hammerhead shark nursery on the Ecuadoran islands of Galapagos, where they have been born safely for millions of years.
A court in Ecuador sentenced the crew of a Chinese ship caught fishing endangered sharks in the Galapagos marine reserve to prison terms.