Welcome to the Galapagos 2010

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Welcome to the Galápagos! The Galápagos islands hold some of the most remarkable biodiversity on this planet. Huge turtles, marine iguanas, a bewildering diversity of unique finches, sea life - it’s all here. The problem is, many stakeholders compete for use of the land, sea, and natural resources in and on them. Your job in the upcoming exercise will be to represent one of these stakeholders in negotiations to determine the fate of several islands. Until recently, they have received little attention – but that is changing. First, a bit of general background. The Galápagos islands are administered by Ecuador. To find out more about the country, you may rely on sources such as the CIA factbook ( https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ec.html ). The Galápagos archipelago is a province of Ecuador and over 97% of the land is part of the Ecuadorian national park system, but there is nonetheless a human population of about 40,000. However, the islands are located almost 1000 km west of Ecuador, and the influence of the central government is limited. Despite their tropical location, the islands enjoy a relatively moderate climate. Frequent drizzles occur during most of the year, the result of the nearness of the cold Humboldt current. Between December and April, and especially during El Niño years, strong tropical rains are not uncommon. Archeologists have unearthed remains that suggest human visitation (but no permanent settlements) of the islands before the Europeans “discovered” them in 1535. However, the islands first became famous as a result of the work of Charles Darwin in
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2010 for the course NRM 3307 taught by Professor Rogowski during the Spring '10 term at Texas Tech.

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