Mapping the Value of Marine Conservation
Pristine Seas – National Geographic
Galápagos Island, Ecuador
The zoning of the Galápagos Marine Reserve (GMR) is currently being reconsidered. Hoping to set the path towards the sustainable development of the archipelago, the Ecuadorian government with help from multiple NGOs, is attempting to develop a spatial plan that considers all stakeholder’s needs and fosters the protection of the natural environment.
Collaborating with National Geographic’s Pristine Seas team, this project will explore how different rezoning scenarios will affect the tourism and fishing sectors of the archipelago. We will evaluate if and to what extent, increasing no-take zones will positively impact the tourism industry and negatively affect the archipelago’s fisheries. Considering the heterogeneity of the GMR, we will explore the distributional effects on each of the main islands and across principal stakeholders: tourism operators and fishermen. Finally, we will consider and analyze different redistribution mechanisms and tourism models that could work to ensure equity in the complex and fascinating bio-socioeconomic system of the Galápagos.