Photo by Simon Pierce courtesy of the Galapagos Conservation Trust

Environment

The Trust supports a diverse range of organisations that work to protect the environment; from migratory sharks in our oceans to the spectacular diversity of plants and fungi that populate our planet.

Some examples of the work we support are outlined below.

Phylogenomics Laboratory, Kew

To better understand how the world’s plants and fungi are related to each other and how they have evolved, The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew is undertaking the Plant and Fungal Trees of Life project. The project will generate high throughput sequencing data for one representative of all 14,000 flowering plant (angiosperm) genera and all 8,200 fungal genera. This research, and the evolutionary trees resulting from it, provide a powerful tool for prediction of species extinction, species discovery, monitoring and conservation.

The Sackler Trust has funded the phylogenomics laboratory and informatics infrastructure necessary for the project to be delivered.

Phylogenomics Laboratory, Kew

Preparing plant samples for DNA sequencing and analysis. Photo Courtesy of RBG Kew

Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE)

BLUE works to combat over fishing and the destruction of biodiversity in the world’s oceans by creating marine reserves and establishing sustainable models of fishing. One of its most notable campaigns involves marine protection around the UK’s Overseas Territories following the UK government’s commitment to create a ‘blue belt’ around them.

With support from The Sackler Trust BLUE continues its projects from the Caspian to the Sargasso Seas making significant conservation gains.

Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE)

Photo courtesy of Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE)

The Galapagos Conservation Trust

The Galapagos Archipelago is one of the most biodiverse places on earth with uniquely adapted species that provided the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s ground-breaking theory of evolution. It became the first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) undertakes pioneering conservation projects to help ensure that this natural wonder is conserved for future generations.

The Sackler Trust has provided support to help GCT and their partners develop a better understanding of the movements of Whale Sharks and other migratory shark species. This work is harnessing the latest technological developments to gather crucial scientific evidence to support the creation of a protected ‘swimway’ in the Eastern Tropic Pacific between the Galapagos Marine Reserve and Cocos Island National Park in Costa Rica, and create a safer future for endangered sharks.

The Galapagos Conservation Trust

Photo by Simon Pierce courtesy of the Galapagos Conservation Trust