Red-footed booby image © Zorica Kovacevic

Galapagos Report

Galapagos Report

Red-footed booby image © Zorica Kovacevic

The Galapagos Report is a compilation of articles covering topics in Human Systems, Tourism, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration, and Marine Management. Its purpose is to provide all Galapagos stakeholders — e.g., decision-makers, scientists, natural resource managers, and the general public — with up-to-date information, analyses, and recommendations on a variety of issues that may inform policy and management.

The Galapagos Report is jointly published by the Galapagos National Park Directorate, the Governing Council of Galapagos, the Charles Darwin Foundation, and Galapagos Conservancy. Publication schedules vary, but a new Report is typically published every two years. Since 2006, the number of authors, topics, and outreach has increased as research in Galapagos expands to address both social and biophysical sciences, as well as ecosystem and biodiversity conservation. Select a Report below to view its contents in PDF format.

Galapagos Report 2017-2018

Galapagos Report 2017-18 cover image

The 2017-2018 edition of the Galapagos Report is viewable in its entirety online, please click here to be taken to the site.








Galapagos Report 2015-2016

Galapagos Report cover 2015-16Socioeconomic Issues:
Research priorities and collaboration across institutions; biosecurity in Galapagos; water demand in Puerto Ayora; measurement of exhaust fumes from water taxis; responsible plastic use in the Islands; agricultural and livestock production; local knowledge and practices in island farming; trends in Galapagos tourism between 2007 and 2015; participatory science for monitoring tourism impacts; experiential fishing as an alternative mode of sustainable tourism and more.

Biodiversity Issues and Ecosystem Restoration:
Changed perspectives among tuna fishermen in the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR); invasive species threats in the GMR; population status report of hammerhead sharks in the GMR; ten years of tracking shark movements around Darwin and Wolf; restoration of the blackberry-invaded Scalesia forest; status and threats for Galapagos landbirds; conservation efforts for the mangrove finch and Floreana mockingbird; Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative; number and status of introduced species in Galapagos and more.

Galapagos Report 2013-2014

Galapagos Report 2013-2014 cover imageSocioeconomic Issues:
A management plan for the protected areas of Galapagos; monitoring the Galapagos ecosystem as a decision-making tool; bioagriculture; agricultural use of pesticides on Santa Cruz; maintaining the environmental quality of Galapagos; monitoring environmental indicators on Isabela to reduce pollution; water supply assessment on Santa Cruz; cultural patterns for sustainability in Galapagos society; education for sustainability; working toward a more sustainable Galapagos.

Biodiversity Issues and Ecosystem Restoration:
Marine invasive species in the Galapagos Marine Reserve; marine wildlife health surveillance rapid response results; incidence of boats impacting green turtles off the Isabela coast; nursery grounds of blacktip sharks in mangrove-fringed bays; population trends for six shark species; evaluation of the fishery of pelagic fishes; habitat and abundance of spiny lobster larvae; Galapagos Verde 2015: restoring natural ecosystems and enhancing sustainable agriculture; broad conservation efforts needed to ensure giant tortoise migration corridors; conserving the critically endangered mangrove finch; chronic lack of breeding by blue-footed boobies.

Galapagos Report 2011-2012

Galapagos Report 2011-2012Socioeconomic Issues:
A knowledge management plan for Galapagos; citizen science as a conservation tool in Galapagos; island cultures; citizen participation in Galapagos; population and migration in Galapagos; mobility patterns and use of space in Galapagos; building responsible terrestrial mobility in Santa Cruz; water management in Galapagos; water contamination in Puerto Ayora; measuring poverty in Galapagos; ecotourism as the new model of tourism; a monitoring system for the new model of ecotourism; visitor site monitoring results; tourism as an economic alternative for fishers; perception of economic value of sharks for dive tourism and commerce in Santa Cruz.

Biodiversity Issues and Ecosystem Restoration:
Evaluating the management of the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR); the role of science in management of GMR; reform of the PARMA licensing system; evaluation of sea cucumber and spiny lobster fisheries in the GMR; improvements for spiny lobster fishery of Santa Cruz; action plan for the management of the Avian parasite, Philornis downsi; trial translocation of the mangrove finch; future of the Vermilion Flycatcher; use of nurseries for the recovery of native and endemic plants in Galapagos; increasing successful rodent eradication programs in Galapagos.

Galapagos Report 2009–2010

Galapagos Report 2009-2010Socioeconomic Issues:
Advances in marine transport of food products; taxis in Santa Cruz; passenger transportation; first motorized vehicle census; changes in land use and vegetative cover in Santa Cruz and San Cristobal; system of managing visitors to Galapagos National Park; water quality monitoring system; habitat loss in Scalesia forest; relationship between commercial sector of Puerto Ayora and the surrounding environment; practices and perceptions of the environment by tourists; the construction sector of Puerto Ayora; measuring the carrying capacity for tourism in Galapagos; economic dynamics and the Galapagos workforce.

Biodiversity Issues:
Blacktip shark rearing areas; migratory and behavior patterns of Hammerhead sharks; population ecology of two species of chiton; sea cucumber monitoring and management; native gardens in Galapagos; restoration of the degraded highlands of Galapagos; biodiversity considerations in the face of climate change; Galapagos as a laboratory for sustainability.

Galapagos Report 2007–2008

Galapagos Report 2007-2008Socioeconomic Issues:
The archipelago as a socioecological system; sexual abuse of children in Galapagos; Galapagos identity; The status of the educational system in Galapagos; Value of the Basic and Essential Family Baskets in Galapagos; Public acceptance of environmental restrictions; Public opinion of institutional performance; Gender and women’s rights in Galapagos; Carrying capacity vs. Acceptable Visitor Load; The changing organizational framework in Galapagos; Characteristics of the tourist fleet in Galapagos and compliance with environmental standards; The Galapagos National Park entrance fee: A global perspective and options for the future; Tourism in Galapagos: the tourism industry and installed capacity; Improved integrated management of residual solids in Santa Cruz; trends in scientific research in Galapagos.

Biodiversity and Biophysical Resources:
Advances in the conservation of threatened plant species; bird mortality by vehicles; Dispersal of insect species attracted to ship lights; Impact of ecotourism activities on wildlife and sessile benthic species in the GMR; Towards an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries: a risk analysis; The consequences of herbivore eradication on Santiago; Pathogens and parasites: The increasing threat to the conservation of Galapagos avifauna; Perceptions of the status of the white fish fishery in the GMR; Cryptograms of the Galapagos Islands (lichens, bryophytes, and fungi): New records, threats, and potential as bioindicators; Risks associated with maritime routes to and within Galapagos; Water resource management: the Pelican Bay watershed.

Galapagos Report 2006–2007

Galapagos Report 2006-2007Socioeonomic Issues: Social aspects of fisheries in Galapagos; Declining profitability of fisheries in the GMR; Efforts to control illegal fishing in the GMR; Tourism in Galapagos: a strong growth trend; How many tourists can Galapagos accommodate?; Tourism and the Galapagos economy; Air traffic to Galapagos; Risks associated with current and proposed air routes; Evaluation of the Quarantine and Inspection System; Energy subsidies; Vehicles in Galapagos; Integrated solid waste management in Santa Cruz; Public acceptance of environmental restrictions; Public opinion of institutional performance in Galapagos.

Biodiversity and Biophysical Resources: The status of endemic flora of Galapagos; Galapagos vertebrates: endangered status and conservation actions; Evaluating land invertebrate species: prioritizing endangered species; Status of marine species and habitats; Coastal fishery resources in the GMR; Evaluation of subtidal ecological monitoring of the coastal management zones; Increase in the number of introduced plant species in Galapagos; Status of introduced vertebrates; Fresh water: the reality of a critical resource.


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