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United Nations Says Galapagos Islands Are No Longer in Danger
The Galapagos, comprising 19 islands and a marine reserve, are situated some 1,000 kilometers from the South American continent. Deemed a World Heritage site in 1978, they have been described as a unique “living museum and showcase of evolution.”
They were put on the list of sites in danger in 2007, and the World Heritage Committee, currently meeting in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, welcomed the Ecuadorian Government’s ongoing efforts to bolster conservation measures, especially in dealing with non-native species arriving in the area through human activity.
With the headway that Ecuador has made in combating threats posed by invasive species, unbridled tourism, and over-fishing, the Galapagos Islands has been removed from the list of World Heritage sites considered to be in danger by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.