Galapagos National Park
The park was established on 14 May 1936 by Executive Decree No.
31 and ratified on 4 July 1959 by Decree No. 17.
At that time
the boundary of the national park was fixed to include all Galapagos Islands, except those which had already been colonised
as of 20 July 1959. After final establishment of the boundaries
in 1968, 96% of the land area of the archipelago was included in
The Galapagos Islands were inscribed on the World
Heritage List in 1978 and were internationally recognised as a
Biosphere Reserve under the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme
In 1986, the Galapagos Marine Resources Reserve (GMRR)
was established including all waters within 15 nautical miles of a
baseline joining the outermost points of the Galapagos Islands.
This was upgraded to a Biological Reserve of
Marine Resources in December 1996.
The Galapagos National Park contributes to the
development of the insular region in accordance with the
characteristics and capacity of the unique Galapagos ecosystems.