FOREWORD GALAPAGOS REPORT 2013-214
The Ministry of the Environment through the Galapagos National Park Directorate, the Governing Council of Galapagos, the Charles Darwin Foundation, and Galapagos Conservancy are pleased to present the 2013-2014 Galapagos Report. Since 1997, this compendium has been published and shared with decision-makers, opinion leaders, local residents, the Ecuadorian public, public institutions in Galapagos, and the international community. Its contents have stimulated public debate and made it possible to explore more deeply the complex and dynamic socioecological system of Galapagos. We hope that once again the analyses provided in this year’s Galapagos Report will continue to serve to guide public policy and the conservation of the Archipelago. In this edition of the Galapagos Report, several experts explore the topic of managing the protected areas under the overarching concept of Buen Vivir or Good Living, highlighting the capacity of the ecosystem to generate services for society.
They identify new and innovative management tools that can be used in conjunction with other planning methods to develop a land use plan that addresses all of the social and environmental characteristics of the Islands. Other pressing topics addressed include the use and impact of pesticides, water supply and demand, and new opportunities for implementing sustainable or “bio” agriculture. Significant attention is also given to the marine environment through an examination of the emerging issue of marine invasive species in the Galapagos Marine Reserve.
These analyses are provided by a broad network of authors that includes many who live and work in the archipelago, as well as others from a variety of institutions outside the Islands who help to examine Galapagos from a different perspective. The deep knowledge of the authors and their concern for the well-being of these islands is evident in the breadth and depth of the analyses. Although there is never sufficient space to produce a document covering all of the critical issues related to the Islands, this volume includes a set of important articles intended to catalyze action and decision-making by bringing priority issues to the forefront of debate and analysis. Our institutions remain committed to working in coordination with all Galapagos stakeholders to ensure the longterm sustainability of this extraordinary natural treasure.
GNPD, CGREG, CDF y GC. 2015.
Galapagos Report 2013-2014. Puerto Ayora, Galápagos, Ecuador.