Sustainable Building Project

Current situation

At the global level, the emission of greenhouse gases is leading to climate change, posing a threat to the survival of life on the planet.
At the local level, the islands’ reliance on the mainland for energy renders the human presence on the islands vulnerable.

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Get to know the Living Lab Sustainable Building project


Implementation period:

36 months (May 2021 – May 2024)


Place of intervention:

Galapagos Archipelago – Ecuador.


Natural World Heritage Site, Biosphere Reserve, Marine Reserve, Whale Sanctuary and Wetlands Protection Area.


3% habitable, 97% protected area.


25,544 inhabitants (2015 Census).


Santa Cruz Island 70% inhabitants, San Cristóbal 24%, Isabela 6%.


80% economic income - Tourism


136 thousand tourists per year (GNPD 2021)

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Change the paradigm of conventional construction towards sustainable building in Galapagos through the participatory development of local public policies that contribute to the reduction of energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions.



Construction, hotel, commercial, local government entities, countries/cities/regions in LAC.


MAE, ELECGALAPAGOS, regional governmental entities (CELAC), public and private associations, universities, NGOs, to which the experience is transferred.

Entities Involved

The “Living Lab for Sustainable Building” project, executed in the Galapagos Archipelago, is funded by the European Union’s Euroclima, under its cooperation program for environmental sustainability and climate change in Latin America. Locally, the project is implemented by the French Development Agency of Ecuador. The project beneficiary is the Galapagos Council of Government (CGREG), and the executing agency is Mentefactura.

An EUROCLIMA project

EUROCLIMA is the European Union’s (EU) flagship program on environmental sustainability and climate change with Latin America. Its objective is to reduce the impact of climate change and its effects in Latin America by promoting climate change mitigation and adaptation, resilience and investment.

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