This chapter presents a reflection on research carried out between 2020 and 2022 in collaboration with the Government Council of Galapagos (Consejo de Gobierno del Régimen Especial de Galápagos), the British-Ecuadorian Chamber of Commerce (Cámara Ecuatoriano Británica), academics from San Francisco de Quito University (Universidad San Francisco de Quito), and local institutions and community groups in the Ecuadorian province of Galapagos. The aim of this research was to identify drivers at the local level to enable sustainable and inclusive development, including a sustainable energy transition, and a transformation in resource management in Galapagos, rooted in local communities’ needs and livelihoods (Garcia Ferrari et al. 2021a). Through interviews and focus groups (Garcia Ferrari et al. 2021a, b), the research has engaged local stakeholders to identify pathways towards more balanced and inclusive governance that promote the active engagement and empowerment of communities to build resilience. A key finding is that conservation goals in Galapagos can be strengthened by ensuring that policy and actions are grounded in integrated and inclusive governance frameworks that seek shared responsibility in managing resources within a complex socio-ecosystem (Garcia Ferrari et al. 2021a).
|Title of host publication
|Subtitle of host publication
|Challenges to Sustainability
|Stephen Walsh, Carlos Mena, Jill Stewart, Juan Pablo Muñoz Pérez
|Number of pages
|E-pub ahead of print - 11 May 2023
|Social and Ecological Interactions in the Galapagos Islands