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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Ecuador: Special Regime for Galápagos

Quito, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said on Friday the Galapagos archipelago will have a Government Council with a stronger regime under the new Constitution.

In a visit to San Cristobal, one of the Islands in this archipelago located 621 miles off Ecuador, Correa highlighted his government commitment to support the protection of species in the territory, declared a World Heritage by UNESCO.

The Government Council, to be proposed under the new Magna Carta, would run the Islands to avoid demagogy and the practice of obtaining votes with promises of government posts, replacing INGALA (the National Galapagos Institute.)

In an interview with a local radio station, Correa said that this body will be led by an environmental expert, who will be a representative of the Head of State.

Correa presided over a roving Cabinet meeting to assess possibilities of government support to the region.

The Galapagos archipelago, made up of 13 large volcanic islands, another six smaller islands and 107 islets, is famous for its numerous endemic species and for research carried out by Charles Darwin, leading him to establish his theory of evolution by natural selection.

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