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Social-Ecological Systems Meta-Analysis Database: Component

SummaryTourism is an important component of the Galapagos system - it generates $418M annually, of which an estimated $63M enters the local economy (equal to 51% of the Galapagos economy). It is also the main indirect driver of change in the socioecological system of Galapagos.
SubtypeLocal Resource User Group
SectorMarine protected areas, Tourism
Interest HeterogeneityMedium (2)
ExplanationA variety of different tourism ventures exist from home-stays to high end cruise ships. Tourism is considered fairly well regulated.
Costs Of ExitNot Applicable
Proportionality (Of Costs And Benefits)Yes
ExplanationGalapagos is seen as an ecotourism destination. Tourism accounts for 78% of all employment in the Galapagos, quite profitable.
Actor Group CoordinationFormal
ExplanationGalapagos Chamber of Tourism
LeadershipFormal leader
Leadership AccountabilityHigh (3)
ExplanationAssume governement agency accountable
Leadership AuthorityMedium (2)
ExplanationAssume governement agency with fairly high authority, although tourism regulations set with Parks Service and CDF, so coded as medium
Actor Group TrustHigh (3)
ExplanationAssume fairly high - no reports of conflict within the sector
Past CollaborationHigh (3)
ExplanationThe first “tour ship” that stopped in the islands was probably the Trans Pacific cruise ship Stella Polaris in 1934. The industry was promoted duirng the 1970s, and there was modest growth in 1970s and between 1974 and 1980, tourism began to expand in earnest. Epler, B. 2007. Tourism, the Economy, Population Growth, and Conservation in Galapagos
Personal CommunicationMore than once a year (5)
ExplanationAssumed due to coordination and reporting
Remote CommunicationMore than once a year (5)
ExplanationAssumed due to coordination and reporting