Galapagos Marine iguanaThe Galapagos Islands have been removed from the UNESCO list of legacy sites around the globe under threat by environmental or human assault.

After meeting on Wednesday, the UNESCO committee said proactive measures by Ecuador’s government to limit dangers to the nearby island chain have left the Galapagos Islands safer now.

The Galapagos Islands, which have been called a unique “living museum and showcase of evolution” were inscribed on the Danger List in 2007 because of threats posed by invasive species, unbridled tourism and over-fishing.

The Committee found that significant progress had been made by Ecuador in addressing these problems. It welcomed the Government’s continuing efforts to strengthen conservation measures, especially in dealing with introduced species.

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