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Fireworks banned on the Galapagos to protect wildlife



 Image iguana with erupting volcano, Conolophus subcristatus, Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands.

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The study of the local fauna helped the development of Darwin's Theory of evolution
                

The authorities in the Galapagos Islands have banned the sale and use of fireworks in the archipelago to protect its unique fauna.

Fireworks that produce light but no sound.

Conservationists say they are suffering from elevated heart rates, trembling and anxiety after pyrotechnic events.

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The Galapagos are located about 1

,000km (621 miles) off the coast of mainland Ecuador.

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"This is a conservation to Ecuador and the world," the president of the local council, Lorena Tapia, wrote on Twitter.

"Ecosystems as sensitive as
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The Cumbre is one of many active volcanoes on the 21 islands
                

The authorities are said to have many injuries every year, especially among children.

The campaign against fireworks began in 2017. The measure, which takes immediate effect, bans transportation of fireworks to the islands as well as their sale or use.

There is increasing pressure on the Ecuadorean government to do more to protect its sensitive ecosystems.

Single-use plastics have been banned on the islands, which has a population of 25,000 people.

The indigenous species found on the Galapagos Islands, including iguanas and tortoises, played a key role in the development of Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution.


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