President of Ecuador thanks Leonardo DiCaprio for his message on Galapagos

The president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso.

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The President of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, thanked actor Leonardo DiCaprio for his message of support for the creation of a new marine reserve at Galapagos archipelago.

“Thank you for your message. Our Government is committed to protecting the environment. The Galapagos Islands are a treasure to the world. We will continue working towards a sustainable ecological transition ”, Lasso wrote on his Twitter account.

The trill responded to a message in which DiCaprio mentioned him.

“Congratulations to the Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso for the creation of a new Marine Protected Area of 23,166 square miles near the Galapagos and the new debt swap to help manage it, announced today at COP26, ″ the actor wrote.

The ruler announced in Glasgow the creation of a new 60,000 square kilometer marine reserve in the Galapagos Islands.

The new marine reserve in the “enchanted islands” is expected to joins the “more than 130,000 square kilometers of its waters that are a protected marine reserve” and where “95% of the registered species are unique in the world“, said.

The new reserve will have 30,000 kilometers of non-fish production zone which is located on the Cocos mountain range and 30,000 kilometers of non-longline located at the continuation of the marine reserve in the northwest and “will also serve as a living laboratory for the development of scientific research,” he noted.

“This decision by Ecuador will cause financial proposals for debt swap for conservation. We estimate that it will be the largest amount (…) that has been made so far in the world, ”Lasso said at a press conference during the UN conference against climate change.

Last May it was known that Leonardo DiCaprio is part of the initiative to restore Galapagos.

The actor, the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park, Island Conservation and the organization Rewild announced in May the investment of 40 million dollars to support the restoration of the Galapagos Islands, based on decades of local conservation efforts.

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