Sustainability and the Galapagos Islands: Risks, Challenges and Solutions

Sponsored by Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


Monday, September 25, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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Please join us for the next Stanford Woods Institute Environmental Forum featuring Dr. Arturo Izurieta Valery, Executive Director, Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands.


Visiting natural wonders like the Galapagos Islands poses difficult questions about its sustainability (natural, social and economic). Following an analysis of the concepts of sustainability and sustainable development and identifying two clear models of tourist influx to the islands, it is clear that the uniqueness of the Galapagos Islands faces pressures from increasing numbers of tourists. Tourism in the Galapagos started in the late 60’s. Since then the number of tourists has been growing without careful planning, impacting on the dynamics of the so-called Galapagos socio-ecosystem. Should we allow more tourists to visit the islands? If so, what are the possible consequences and effects on the natural capital that attracts visitors and maintains 30,000 inhabitants in the islands? Studies on sustainable tourism provide some answers about what can be done to give Galapagos the opportunity to maintain its uniqueness, continue to receive visitors as well as maintaining the livelihoods and wellbeing of its human population into the future, before it is too late.


Dr. Arturo Izurieta Valery is the Executive Director of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands. He was born in Quito, Ecuador and arrived in Galapagos in 1984. He has a BSc. in Biology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, a MSc. in Management and Conservation of Biodiversity from the Tropical Agronomic Centre for Research and Higher Education (CATIE) in Costa Rica, a Doctorate degree in Natural and Rural Systems Management from The University of Queensland, Australia, and postdoctoral studies in Evaluation of Collaborative Management undertaken at the Charles Darwin University, Australia. Since 2010 he has held an Honorary Research Fellowship at the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University in Australia.  He has been the Director of the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve on two occasions (1991-1995; 2013-2015).

Dr. Izurieta Valery has worked for and in various international organizations such as WWF, IUCN and UNDP in Ecuador, Central America, Malaysia and Australia, leading conservation projects with an emphasis on collaborative and participatory methods engaging local communities, government agencies and academia. Dr. Izurieta has produced a considerable number of peer reviewed papers and high level technical publications on management evaluation and collaborative management of protected areas.


Lunch will be provided.  To ensure that there will be enough lunch for everyone, please rsvp directly to Mollie Field at mfield1@stanford.edu and include any dietary restrictions.

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