FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions:

I have a personal project, can it be financed?

Projects will be financed if they have purposes for the community, individual projects are not financed

Can anyone present a project?

Proyects must be presented by one of the beneficiary institutes of the Fund (Parque Nacional Galapagos, Agrocaliadad, Consorcio de Municipios de Galapagos, Fundacion Charles Darwin, Consejo de Gobierno de Galapagos). We recommend you get support from one of these institutions.

Which is the maximum amount that can be financed?

There is no maximum amount established for proyects, they are analyzed for funding depending on importance and urgency.

Can projects last more than a year?

Yes, each project has its own schedule and can last from one to two or three years.

Are salaries financed?

Among the areas financed, there are also those referred to as professional jobs or specialized technicians, which shouldn't become a recurrent expense.

What are invasive species?

These are species that don't belong in the habitat, and enter to compete with native and endemic species causing their displacement, reduction of population and destruction of the ecosystem, because of high rates in their reproduction and dispersion.

Why are invasive species a problem?

Invasive species are a problem because they affect the community ( dengue fever), economy of the inhabitants (agricultural sector), and the conservation of ecosystems in the archipelago. Which is the main income source of the population (tourism).

What has been done?

  • A base line of the introduced species in Galapagos has been created (invertebrates, vertebrates and plants), including their classification as invasive.
  • A plan has been developed for total Control.
  • Pilot eradication programs have culminated with success (goats, fire ants, cats, pigs, donkeys, pigeons).
  • There are 23 management plans for invasive plants.
  • Proper infrastructure and equipment for control, monitoring and the erradication of invasive species is accounted for.
  • A long term financial mecanism has been developed to finance activities and or proyects of total control.
  • CIMIE's have been created to attend urban and rural zones.
  • Sectoral policy strategies have been formulated (agriculture, tourism, enviormental).

What should we continue to do?

  • Prevent the entry of exotic species.
  • Reinforce the inspection and quarentine system.
  • Control present species.
  • Eradicate priority invasive species.
  • Characterizing and giving priority to early eradication or mitigation of invasive species that by their biology or ecology might end up playing and essential role in the structure and functionality of the Galapagos ecosystems.
  • Taking into consideration the actions of eradication or mitigation from the effects of invasive species in the context of the totality of the ecosystems where they evolve.
  • Eraditacate species that have been recently detected or are of low distribution.
  • Permanent control of introduced species of great distribution.
  • Sealing pristine areas from invasive species.

What needs to be done?

Keep a permanent flow of funds to continue the activities and projects of total control

How is it financed?

For the moment, with the Budget from the institutions in charge of the activities of total control. Additionally, the project of invasive species in Galapagos has made an investment of aprox. 13 million in the last 6 years.

What is total control?

Total Control as defined by LOREG: Total control of species refers to the following set of activities:

1. Preventing the entry of any specie, variety or genetic modification of flora or fauna, including microorganisms that aren't native in the province of Galapagos, except in the case of having specific authorization established by law;

2. Preventing the dispersion of such species, varieties and forms of modification in the archipelago, except in the case of having specific authorization established by law; ;

3. Preventing human interference with the distribution of native species in the archipelago and the genetic variety within each specie;

4. Detecting and eradicating new introduced species, and controlling the dispersion of exotic species that are already introduced in new areas of the province of Galapagos;

5. Preventing the possession, cultivation, breeding or release of exotic species into the enviorment, except those permitted by law;

6. Eradicate species already introduced, except those which are permitted by law; and,

7. Educating and training the people of Galapagos so that they can participate in the control. The restrictions described above apply to whole organisms, and any part of the organism that is capable of reproduction, including eggs, seeds, in vitro cultivations, tissue, graft cuttings or live samples of any kind.

What is a fiduciary trust?

It's a legal figure designed to fullfill a specific objective, and at the same time becomes a Fiduciary Contract. It holds 3 key elements which participate in the contract:
- CONSTITUENT
- FIDUCIARY
- BENEFICIARY

What is FEIG?

The Invasive Species Control Fund of Galapagos.

What is a total fund?

A fund constituted by seed capital, from which additional collections are made by donations in a ratio of two to one; these donations constitute the capital of the Fund. Such Fund, should maintain its' true value during its' active period, using only the financial yield it generates to finance activities and projects related with the eradication and control of invasive species and its administration.

¿What is a fund administrator?

A fund administrator is a person of legal entity whose social work engagement leads to the resource administration of third parties, through the creation of collective or managed funds, and the administration of commercial trusteeship or fiduciary assignments.

Who are the beneficiaries?

The projects and/or activities that the Control of Invasive Species Fund of Galapagos finances should be within the fundamental object for which it was created:

The yield that the Control of Invasive Species Fund of Galapagos generate, will be sent to support the Total Control Plan (PCT) of invasive species, and the conservation of native and endemic species that are threatened.This will be done through the funding withheld from the costs of the group of activites set as " total control" in the article 73 of the Special Law Regime for the Consevation and Sustainable Development of the Galapagos Province.

The board responsable of controlling invasive species are subjected to funding, according to the legal plan established for the Archipelago of Galapagos, and in accordance with the criteria, policies and procedures established in the present Regulation of Conformation and Operation of FEIG.

How can the resources be accessed?

FEIG must pre approve projects through a Profile Project Analysis, which include the following prerequisites:

1. General description indicating the purpose of the project and/or activity and arguments that justify its' execution and formulation.

2. A description of the techniques and devices that will be used or will be developed during the execution of the project and or activity.

3. General description of how the project and or activity is enrolled in the activities and strategies contemplated in the Total Control Plan (PCT).

4. Referential estimate, establishing the percentage of the cofinance and destination of the resources being requested to FEIG.

5. General estimated schedule.

What is a solicitor?

Agency or institution that recives financial support for proyects concerning the total control of invasive species in Galapagos, by the Control of Invasive Species Fund.

How are projects prioritized?

For projects and/or activites to be selected and become priority, the Committee of Invasive Species will take into consideration four important points in order to approve a project:

  • Strategic importance and impact.
  • Ability to access the resources of FEIG.
  • Project and/or activity design.
  • Institutional capacity necessary to execute.

What is strategic importance and impact?

The importance of each project and/or activity will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The score obtained in priortizing places and species.
  • The strategic importance of the project and/or activity for the portfolio of projects financed by FEIG according to the agreement established in the Management Plan of PNG and the Plan of Total Control of Invasive Species.
  • The positive impact that the project and/or activity has as a long term effect for the conservation of the native and endemic biodiversity of Galapagos; prevention, eradication, isolation of introduced species in limited areas, and control and mitigation of introduced species that are not eradicable.
  • The priority shown by the candidate or partnership of candidates for the project and/or activity reflected on the cofinances that they contribute in money or specie.

What is funding ability criteria?

Projects and/or activities that fulfill one or many of the following criteria, will be prioritized:

  • Give an appropriate answer to biological emergencies, through sharp evaluation processes stating the gravity of, and a prompt answer to the emergency.
  • Those with high probabilities of acomplishing positive results, will be considered timely; even if not having suficient funding to be executed.
  • Those who garantee continuity in activities such as, the monitoring phase after an eradication program; which cannot be interrupted because of the risk of the previous input; but funding from conventional donors may become difficult.
  • Those who, despite their importance, have few chances of funding from other donors.
  • Those having additional funds for total control of invasive species have high probabilities of catalizing.
  • Are part of a small but critical underfinanced and large program, funded by the state and/or other sources.

What are Design and Feasibility criteria?

To approve any project and/or activity, the Committee must assure that:

  • The project and/or activity must be designed according to the Logical Framework Approach, LFA, method, preferably with the Manual of Selection and Prioritization of Projects;
  • The presentation of the proposal should show that it is technical, economical, operationally feasible, and has sufficient funding for it's implementation;
  • The supplies and costs are reasonable;
  • It's relation cost-efficiency is positive and properly supported;
  • The project shows that it's financially and technically sustainable.

What is the capacity and commitment of the proposer?

The institute or partnership of the proposers must have experience, technical capacity and administrative instalations for implementation, evaluated by institutional experience, formation and the experience of the key personnel assigned to the project and/or activity;

  • The proposers count on resources for their counterpart: the more pari-passu from the counterpart, a greater score will be achieved; transparencie of the process;
  • The proposer includes a definite plan for social participation in the projects that require it;
  • The design of the project favors the construction of local capacity. Even when this citeria addresses the "capacity and commitment of the proposer", FEIG will prioritize the processes of capacity construction, as a relation of "society".
  • While considering this criteria, the Committee will take into consideration the proposers' trajectory in the devices of the project, financed by FEIG, when the experience is provided.
  • FEIG will be used to finance the voids in the effort done while managing, by concept of cofinancing, and will not be used to finance regular activities.
  • The proposer has the capacity to apply and adopt the Tracking and Evaluation System (SISE) that FEIG has designed for projects and/or activities funded with these resources.

  • What is FAN?

    FAN is the National Environmental Fund. It is the administrator of FEIG.

    What does FAN do?

    It funds programs, plans, projects, and any activity that has to do with the protection, conservation and betterment of the natural resources and environment. With the Ecuadorian Environmental Plan, the Environmental Strategy of Sustainable Development of Ecuador and other current environmental policy tools.

    Why has FAN been selected?

    • It's a national institution ("country-driven").
    • There is no need to start a new legal entity.
    • It has the trust of bilateral, multilateral donors, and the Goverment of Ecuador.
    • It handles an other fund GEF, meets the requirements.
    • Scale economies (audits, legal services, etc).
    • Administrates and channels resources, does not get involved in the execution of field activities.
    • It represents an Institutional continuity alternantive (government changes and donor cycles).
    • It combines the agility and transparency of a private organization with a strategic approach in supporting and financing enviormental policies of the State.

     

    Who makes the decisions?

    El FEIG se conformará para su gobernabilidad de la siguiente forma:

    FEIG will settle its governability the following way: A Board that will consist of 5 members with one basic function, supervision and defining the great operation policies of FEIG, which will be integrated by: The Enviormental Minister of Ecuador or his/her delegate, who will preside him/her, and who will cast vote. Two representatives of the adherent donors; one scientist, specialized in the conservation of biodiversity, and one civilian representing Galapagos society.

    The attributions from the FEIG Board will be as listed below:

    • Fulfill the dispositions of this Agreement and its Regulations.
    • Make sure that the FEIG patrimony is preserved,
    • Approve the executive and financial reports that are emitted annually by FAN through the UO.
    • Supervise the economic and financial state of FEIG.
    • Approve FEIG's annual Budget, the General Funding Annual Plan and the specific projects and/or activities of total control of invasive species, that will be financed with FEIG resources in the application of the Manual of Selection and Prioritization of Projects and the FEIG Operation Manual.
    • Knowing about the follow-up, implementation and evaluation of projects with the support of the UO.
    • Selecting the FEIG external auditing company once a year.
    • Select firms that perform special audits for projects financed by FEIG, in case of requiring it.
    • Approving the Manual of Selection and Prioritization of Projects, the FEIG Operation Manual, the Tracking and Evaluation System, and the modifications that keep this working, as well as the Structure and Operation Regulation of the CEI and the UO.
    • Suggest new plans if these are necessary, so FEIG can function better, prior to relevant technical studies.
    • The rest of the functions that are necessary for its development.
    • Determine with absolute mayority vote, the initial date for the disbursement of FEIG.
    • The Board of FEIG, with a specialized report from FAN, may authorize the capitalization of a percentage of the net income for purposes of protecting the real value of FEIG.

    Who are a part of the Invasive Species Committee?

    A collegial body of FEIG which will have as attribution the technical recommendation, prior to the approval by the Board, for the projects and/or activities of total control of invasive species financed by FEIG.

    Who are a part of the Invasive Species Committee?

    • A specialized representative of the Galapagos National Park, PNG
    • A specialized representative of the Municipality Partnership
    • An independent specialist in Invasive Species.
    • A specialized representative of the Galapagos National Institute, INGALA.
    • A specialized representative of the Servicio Ecuatoriano de Sanidad Agropecuaria-Sistema de Cuarentena de Galápagos, SESA-SICGAL.
    • Un representante técnico del Servicio Ecuatoriano de Sanidad Agropecuaria-Sistema de Cuarentena de Galápagos, SESA-SICGAL.
    • A specialized representative of the Charles Darwin Foundation, FCD.

    Functions and atributions of the Invasive Species Committee?

    1. Analyzing the projects and or activities that may be requested by the people involved in the matters of controlling invasive species, considering the objectives created by FEIG, what is established in the present Regulations, in the Manual of Selection and Prioritization of Projects, based on the technical report of the Operation Unit and recommending the approval of the Board of FEIG.
    2. Suggest the contract of a biannual technical audit, with the approval of the FEIG Board for the evaluation of the strategic impact being achieved in time, with the group of projects and/or activities financed by FEIG for the total control of invasive species, resolving the audit results.
    3. Analyze and give recommendations on the evaluation and monitoring reports carried out by the Operation Unit of the projects and/or activities financed by FEIG.
    4. Suggest the FEIG Board, on changes with the FEIG Operations Manual, the Manual of Selection and Prioritization of Projects and theTracking and Evaluation System.
    5. Send complaints and demands received from the community, to the Operation Unit and for the knowledge of the Board of FEIG.
    6. Others that are assigned.


    "MAE is the direct beneficiary, representing the Ecuadorian Government and is solely responsible for the implementation of FEIG."

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