The DARWIN200 project is a planetary conservation initiative launching an inspiring global voyage re-tracing Charles Darwin’s famous journey on the HMS Beagle

The DARWIN200 Global Voyage will make landfall at key locations where Charles Darwin stepped ashore during the voyage of HMS Beagle. During each of these stops, the ship will host groups of DARWIN LEADERS to undertake research projects in exactly the same locations visited by Charles Darwin two centuries ago

Oosterschelde tall ship

Darwin200’s Leader Programme is developing the world’s top young conservationists as they gain practical experience studying conservation subjects

Each DARWIN200 Leader will join the voyage at a port along the itinerary for one week. They will be hosted aboard our spectacular, historic tall ship Oosterschelde, which will be used as a floating laboratory and media platform. Here they will study an animal or plant that Charles Darwin studied in the port they visit. It can also involve studying a threatened habitat, or potential effects of re-establishing indigenous people’s connection with its original environment

Our Darwin200 Leader will be studying an animal or plant that Charles Darwin studied in the port they visit, with three key objectives

Objective 1: Investigate how the problem in question has changed since the time of Charles Darwin’s visit. Look into what has happened to the population/habitat, the factors behind the change you identify, and how significant the change has been.

Objective 2: Investigate the current conservation work being undertaken to safeguard your animal or plant species, or habitat. How effective this is, and if it is sufficient for the future.

Objective 3: Use initiative to explore what more could be done. Develop new ideas and strategies for the implementation of future conservation efforts to better protect your animal, plant or habitat.