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Charles Darwin Foundation And Scientific Research Station Charity Profile
The CDF's mission is:
To provide knowledge and assistance through scientific research and complementary action to ensure the conservation of the environment and biodiversity in the Galapagos Archipelago
The CDF promotes a future for Galapagos based on solid principles of ecosystem management. This requires cultivating a holistic understanding of the complex and dynamic Galapagos ecosystem. People are a vital part of this ecosystem and building long-term options for the inhabitants of Galapagos is critical for the effective management in the islands.
The realization of the CDF mission is founded on a set of core values:
recognition of the uniqueness of Galapagos
cultivation of transparency and integrity to build trust
belief in dialogue and working with people
pursuit of excellence in all aspects of work
commitment to leading by example
Within this context, the vision of the CDF for 2016 is:
To be the world's leading research institution dedicated to the conservation of the biological diversity and natural resources of Galapagos, and committed to building a sustainable and collaborative society to achieve this objective
The CDF foresees a future for Galapagos in which people work together toward a shared vision, with strong local institutions supporting sustainable and equitable businesses. The local culture will be built on cooperation, understanding of the local ecology, and awareness of the major threats to this island ecosystem.
Charles Darwin Foundation And Scientific Research Station Volunteer Information
In 1971 the Charles Darwin Foundation began the National and International Volunteer Program. Volunteers play a very important role in the CDF's objectives. They are selected on the basis of their knowledge and experience, which must be related to the Station's needs and activities. The majority of volunteers are based at the CDRS in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz island, although other assignment sites may be on San Cristobal or Isabela island. All volunteers join one of the five programs of the CDF: Research, Information, Technical Assistance, Administrative Support, or Institutional Management. Volunteers may be students or professionals with experience beneficial to the mission and programs of the CDF.
Primarily the program is designed to collaborate with either the training of students in biology and conservation science or those who want to improve their skills through field experience in Galapagos. The students have the opportunity to attend lectures given by important scientists visiting the Research Station each month, and they have the opportunity to give their own talks in which they can talk about their work as volunteers.
There are also occasional opportunities for experienced professionals to work with the CDF on specific projects. Such projects are more likely to be associated with management, administration and strategic planning.
Charles Darwin Foundation And Scientific Research Station Donation Information
CDF is not only a worthy cause.It is also an excellent steward of its charitalbe funding. CDF maximizes every dollar it is given. With its funding, the CDF was able to accomplish a vast program of activities.