UNESCO Criteria for the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands pic

Galapagos Islands
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A journalism student at Ohio University, Benjamin (Ben) L. Schwartz is a native of Glenview, Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago. In addition to his ongoing journalism studies, Ben Schwartz works as a camp counselor in the Glenview area. He also enjoys traveling with his family, with whom he has visited the Galapagos Islands.

Located in the Pacific Ocean west of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are a chain of volcanic islands renowned for their unique species of flora and fauna. The islands inspired Charles Darwin to develop his theory of evolution after he visited in 1835, and the area has since been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

UNESCO provides the criteria that the islands fulfilled to become a World Heritage Site. The criteria include an abundant and diverse underwater wildlife with locations of geological interest, such as three major tectonic plates.

Its highly diverse flora and fauna, including a large number of threatened or endangered species, also contributed to the islands’ UNESCO status. For additional information on the UNESCO criteria, visit www.whc.unesco.org.