Friends of Galapagos New Zealand Incorporated (FOGNZ) is a ‘not for profit’ organisation set up to enable people from New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere to play a part in the conservation of the Galapagos Islands.

Our Mission Statement – Matapono:
To provide assistance for the conservation of the natural environment of the Galapagos Islands and to help ensure that all economic development there is sustainable and for the benefit of the people of Galapagos.

Our Objectives – Whainga:

  • providing information to New Zealanders about the Galapagos Islands;
  • raising funds to support the work of The Charles Darwin Foundation, The Galapagos National Park and other Galapagos institutions and relevant NGOs;
  • helping to provide technical assistance, especially on the control of alien species;
  • facilitating the involvement of New Zealanders in voluntary work in the Galapagos;
  • working to increase governmental support for Galapagos conservation in New Zealand and Ecuador.

As you will be aware if you have visited the Galapagos, while the Galapagos are a marvellous wildlife and natural treasure, they are also threatened by among other things:

  • large numbers of introduced and invasive species;
  • rapid increase in population with unsustainable development and lack of adequate infrastructure;
  • fishing with little regard to its sustainability;
  • uncontrolled development of large scale tourism.

FOGNZ will work with the Charles Darwin Foundation, The Galapagos National Park, Fundar Galapagos, and other organisations to help safeguard the natural heritage of the Galapagos Islands and to help its people to attain a fair standard of living in harmony with the conservation of the ecosystem.

New Zealand is a world leader in the eradication of alien species and has provided technical advice and assistance, as well as the personnel to undertake Project Isabela the largest goat eradication programme ever undertaken anywhere in the world which has successfully eradicated goats and donkey from Northern Isabela and Santiago islands. New Zealand was also heavily involved in setting up the Galapagos Quarantine System (SESA/SICGAL) to help prevent more alien species being imported into the Islands.