Last week, a 50-year-old conservation organization dedicated to preserving the Ecuadorian Galápagos Islands that Charles Darwin made famous looked like it was on its last legs. This week, the future appears only a little less gloomy. The Ecuadorian government has offered a clear endorsement of the Charles Darwin Foundation, and negotiations to reopen a revenue-producing souvenir store continue. Yet the government has not promised to provide the money the foundation needs to make it through the end of 2014.According to a statement issued by the foundation after its General Assembly met yesterday, the Ecuadorian government, and in particular the director of the Galápagos National Park, called the foundation “essential” and said it wanted to strengthen ties with the organization, which facilitates visits by foreign researchers to the islands. The government and the Charles Darwin Foundation agreed to form a working group to work out plans for 2016 and beyond. 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Located on the island of Santa Cruz in the Galápagos islands, the store was closed by local officials in July because other Santa Cruz storeowners had complained that their businesses were being harmed by the new shop, which was on target to bring in $400,000 per year. The shutdown made donors wary, says Swen Lorenz, the foundation’s CEO, and put the foundation in a financial bind as it was depending on those revenues to get through 2014.Negotiations to reopen the store had bogged down, but new talks on Friday offered encouragement, says Dennis Geist, president of the foundation’s board of directors. “There was no agreement, but the parties are working toward a mutually beneficial solution, and we hope the store will open under some terms shortly.”“That said, the CDF remains in dire financial condition,” he notes. Geist and Lorenz say they must still find a donor to help get the center back on its feet.
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