A typical street scene from modern day Puerto Ayora, the largest city in Galapagos with nearly 20,000 residents.
The World Bank defines civil society as the wide array of non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations that have a presence in public life, expressing the interests and values of their members or others, based on ethical, cultural, political, scientific, religious or philanthropic considerations. Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) include community groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), labor unions, indigenous groups, charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, professional associations, and foundations.
The number of civil society organizations has grown rapidly in Galapagos since 1990. Watkins and Martinez (2007) identified an estimated 160 groups across the islands, 75% of them built around specific interests, such as fishing, tourism, labor, and conservation. They noted few broad-spectrum organizations that seek to establish a sense of community or collaboration. In recent years, however, several local organizations, such as FUNDAR Galapagos, Fundaciόn Scalesia, Galapagos ICE, and Fundación Nuevo Era are playing a larger, more visible role in local capacity building, citizen engagement, and conservation.
The following table includes Civil Society Organizations identified by Watkins and Martinez:
Commercial organizations Agricultural Association of Cascajo Santa Cruz Agricultural Center of Isabela Canton Agricultural Center of San Cristóbal Canton Agricultural Center of Santa Cruz Canton Association of Artisanal Fishing Boat Owners of Puerta Ayora (APROPASA) Association of Bay and Dive Tours (Bay Tour Operators) Association of Billiard Parlors and Bars Association of Cattle Owners of “El Junco” San Cristóbal Association of Cattle Owners of Isabela Association of Cattle Owners of Santa Cruz Association of Dive Guides of Galapagos Association of Farm Workers of Santa Cruz Association of Galapagos Guides (AGG) Association of Interpretive Guides of the GNP (AGIPA) Association of Merchant Marines for Galapagos Transport Association of Micro Entrepreneurs of Isabela Association of Micro Entrepreneurs of Santa Cruz Association of Tourism Company Operators in Galapagos (ASOGAL) Association of Tourism Operators of Galapagos (ADATUR) Ceclilia Alvear Women’s Organization (OMCA) Constrascartin Transport Cooperative Credit Union of the Chamber of Commerce of Quito El Porvenir Pre-association of Farmers Fishing Cooperative of Isabela (COPAHISA) Fishing Cooperative of San Cristóbal (COPESAN) Fishing Cooperative of San Cristóbal (COPESPROMAR) Fishing Cooperative of Santa Cruz (COPROPAG) Galapagos Chamber of Tourism (CAPTURGAL) Galapagos Islands Transport Cooperative Galapagos Transport (TRANSGALPAS) Galapaguera Transport Cooperative Inter-island Maritime Transport Cooperative (CABOMAR) Inter-island Maritime Transport Cooperative (COPESTUR) Island Cooperative of Express Terrestrial Transport of Galapagos (CITTEG) Island Transport Company (CITRAN) Lava Tube Cooperative Light Island Transport Cooperative (COTRANSLI) Lobería Transport Cooperative Magic Hands Pre-association Maritime Transport of Isabela (TRANSMARTISA) Meat and Dairy Products of Galapagos (GALACARNES) Mushucan Cooperative Organization of Active Women of Isabela (OMAI) Poultry Production Cooperative of Galapagos (COPROAVIGAL) San Cristóbal Chamber of Tourism (CATURCRIS) Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Sierra Negra Transport Cooperative Sierra Piquero Patas Azules Transport Cooperative Submarine Marvels of Galapagos (MARSUBGAL) The Juntos Venceremos Association The Pescado Azul Women’s Association The Pinzón Artesanal Women’s Organization of Isabela (OMPAI) Tourism Association of Isabela Union of Fishing Cooperatives of Galapagos (UCOOPEPGAL)
Community organizations Association of Clients of the República del Ecuador Hospital Don Jorge Foundation Galapagos Scout Group
Neighborhood Associations Pioneers of Galapagos Association Youth Council
Local conservation organizations Albatross Ecological Foundation (Fundación Ecológica Albatros) Foundation for Responsible Alternative Development (FUNDAR) Foundation for the Ecological Defense of Galapagos (FEDEGAL) Independent Environment (Ambiente Independiente)
International and national foundations Charles Darwin Foundation Conservation International Ecology Project International Foundation for the Future of Latin America (Fundación Futuro Latino Americano) Foundation for the Promotion and Support of Development (IPADE) Galapagos Foundation Jatun Sacha Foundation Red Cross Sea Shepherd Wild Aid World Wide Fund for Nature
Sports organizations County League of Santa Cruz Neighborhood League Sports Federation of Galapagos Surfing Club Triathlon of Santa Cruz
Educational centers and organizations Alejandro Humboldt Superior Technical Institute Catholic University of Guayaquil Don Bosco Distance Learning High School Drops of Hope Foundation (Fundación Gotitas de Esperanza) Equinos Technical University Fray Agustín de Azkunaga High School Immerse-Connect-Evolve Foundation (ICE) Loma Linda Adventist School Montessori School New Era for Galapagos Foundation (Fundación Nueva Era Galápagos) Pedro Pablo Andrade Educational Unit Private Technical University of Loja Private Technical University of Loja Isabela Prometheus Foundation Runakunapak Yachay School San Francisco de Asis Educational Unit San Francisco University of Quito (GAIAS) Scalesia Foundation Tomas de Berlanga School
Professional organizations Artists Association of San Cristóbal Association of Galapagos Journalists Association of Galapagos Professionals Association of Isabela Artisans Bakers Association Builders Association Cabinet Makers Guild of Santa Cruz Carpenters Guild of Santa Cruz Ecological Artisan Park Guild Foundation for the Support and Commercial Development of Artisans of Ecuador Las Palmas Inter-professional Artisans Association Masters and Masons Guild Masters and Operators Association Mechanics Guild of Santa Cruz Ships Carpenters Guild of Santa Cruz Tailors and Dressmakers Association Woodcarvers Guild
Identity groups Association of Esmeraldeños Association of Lojanos Association of Orences Association of Salacas Association of Salasacas Nucanchi Llacta Salasaca “Nuestro Pueblo” Community of Salasacas Organization of Salasacas Residing in Galapagos
Religious organizations and churches Assembly of God Catholic Church Church of Christ MI-EL Church of God Franciscan Missions Hosanna Christian Center Jehovah’s Witnesses Name of Jesus Evangelical Apostolic Church Pentecostal Church
Employer and employee organizations Association of INGALA Employees Association of Municipal Employees ElecGalapagos Workers Union Hospital República del Ecuador Union Municipal Employees Union Municipal Workers Union National Teachers Union Professional Drivers Union
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