Archive for December 1st, 2019

Early Stage Research in the Galapagos

This past week, I returned to the Galapagos to try to advance some projects there.  One of the big projects in conjunction with the Charles Darwin Foundation (https://www.darwinfoundation.org/en/about/cdrs) is to understand what happened to co-management arrangements since the inauguration of a large marine reserve around Wolf and Darwin Islands in 2016 (https://www.santacruzgalapagoscruise.com/galapagos-marine-reserve/).  Established by presidential edict, it provided the final blow to co-management arrangements between artisanal fishers, government officials, and tourism operators in the Galapagos.

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Photo of Darwin and Wolf Islands                                           Source: http://www.scubatravel.co.uk

Our research looks at the arrangements on paper for the management and zoning of the waters around the Galapagos and interviews many of the people involved in the management and/or co-management of this rich, biodiverse area.  Our hope is that we can learn about how to improve governance outcomes as well as the legitimacy of the process through our work.

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And why this area is known as the “Sharkiest Place on the Planet”

Source: Charles Darwin Foundation