Galapagos Islands- Ecotourism Case Study

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What are the Galapagos Islands and where are they?
50 small volcanic islands, belong to Ecuador, Pacific Ocean, UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Why are these islands special?
Rare animals, e.g. giant turtle, Charles Darwin formulated the theory of evolution based on findings on the islands
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What attracts tourists here, and how many of there are there?
animals, beaches, locals,beauty, in 1960s there were 1000 per year, now around 80000, 10-16 on each tour boat
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What are the benefits to the economy of the area from tourism?
Generates money for locals and Ecuador, local businesses being created, jobs for locals
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What are the benefits to the environment of the area from tourism?
The Galapagos Conservation Trust earn money from tourists, species on the island have grown from 100 to around 1300
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What are the benefits to the local people of the area from tourism?
Ecuador generates income, accommodation and jobs for locals, tips
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What are the problems created by tourists?
Sites over used, oil spills, pollution of the islands, over past 8 years, vehicles doubled to 378, 59% increase in people arriving by plane, 94% increase on cargo flights
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How are these problems managed and are they effective?
Only small ships, only specific locatons allowed to be visited, Galapagos Conservation Trust get £25 per person, information provided on conservation, 97% of land is a National Park
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How can this contribute to sustainable development in this area?
Reserves and protects areas for future generations, 3 main projects by Foundation Galapagos; recycling, coastal clean up and educational cruises
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