Monday, 4 October 2010

Ecoventura’s Dunn Joins World Wildlife Fund National Council

Santiago Dunn
Ecoventura Executive President Santiago Dunn has accepted an invitation to serve a three-year term on the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) National Council. His term begins Oct. 19 at the next WWF meeting in Washington, D.C.

Dunn is the leader of Ecoventura, a small-ship expedition company founded in 1990 by his father. He is committed to protecting the ecosystem of the Galapagos. Dunn’s relationship with WWF extends through joint projects and initiatives in the Galapagos that Ecoventura has helped guide and support over the past decade.

Ecoventura helped establish the Galapagos Marine Biodiversity Fund in 2008 in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund to support environmental education and marine conservation by strengthening local communities’ ability to manage natural resources. Dunn’s company originally pledged a donation of $80,000 annually (in cash and in-kind services) for the first three years in support of the fund. Dunn has increased that pledge to $100,000 annually for the next three years.

Since this fund’s inception, $238,522 in contributions have gone directly to projects such as scholarships for local children to study at the university level, development of micro-enterprises to create alternate sources of income, control of illegal fishing activities through a permanent floating station at Darwin Island and the acquisition of a satellite vessel monitoring system. For more information, call 800-633-7972 or visit www.ecoventura.com.