In addition to Galapagos Conservancy publications, we have several other worthwhile materials relating to history, tourism and conservation in Galapagos. Below you will find two such examples, including links to download pdf copies of both.
“Tourism, the Economy, Population Growth, and Conservation in Galapagos” by Bruce Epler
This study provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date look at tourism and resource flows in Galapagos. Epler’s work, which builds on his seminal 1980 publication by the same name, challenges many commonly-held assumptions regarding the relative impact and roles of tourism, fishing and other economic activities in Galapagos, and lays out important research questions for future study.
Download “Tourism, the Economy, Population Growth, and Conservation in Galapagos” (pdf)
“Galapagos at Risk” by Dr. Graham Watkins (Executive Director of the Charles Darwin Foundation) and Felipe Cruz (Director of Technical Assistance at the Charles Darwin Foundation)
In June 2007 Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa issued an Emergency Decree which declared Galapagos at risk and its conservation a national priority. This document describes the economic, social, cultural, and ecological changes that have taken place in Galapagos over the last 15 years as a result of the rapid growth in tourism. Galapagos at Risk has played an important role in creating awareness among Ecuadorian decision makers and Galapagos stakeholders about the real drivers of growth in the islands
Download “Galapagos at Risk” (pdf)