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Celebrity Cruises plants 30,000 trees on Santa Cruz island in the Galapgos

Celebrity Cruises is showing its green credentials once again by collaborating with Galapagos National Park to plant more than 30,000 trees on Santa Cruz Island, in Los Gemelos.

The aim is to conserve the pristine archipelago that is home to flora and fauna unique to any other destination in the world.

Celebrity tree-plating in Galapagos
Captain Patricio Jaramillo helps with the tree-planting on Santa Cruz Island

With the goal of inspiring guests and collaborators to contribute to the reforestation efforts in the Galapagos, the public private partnership signed in 2014 was made possible with the support of 14,300 guests, crew and the wider community, far exceeding ambitions by 150 per cent.

“We want to help ensure future generations have the same incredible Galapagos experience with our industry-leading stewardship and conservation efforts,” said Bernardo Carrillo, managing director of Celebrity Cruises.

“Our valued guests and employees cherish the unique opportunity to be involved with important programmes such as tree planting, which gives them direct contact with nature in this pristine UNESCO World Heritage Site. We are dedicated to opening up the world and that includes our commitment to supporting programmes dedicated to environmental conservation.”

Scalesias, Cat’s Claw, Galapagos Miconia and the Thin-leafed Darwin’s shrub are among the 30,000 seeds sown on Santa Cruz Island. The natural ecosystem in the Galapagos is preserved through reforestation and regenerates areas that have been affected by humans and introduced species. The Scalesias tree remains the most planted tree, as their forests are home to many species of endemic bird native to the Galapagos.

As a result of the work carried out by Galapagos National Park and other collaborative projects with Celebrity Cruises, ecosystems are being restored. All activities are coordinated by the Galapagos National Park, an organisation that provides all its technical and logistical support.

Posted on 19th February 2018 at 12:00 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Celebrity Cruises |

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