Science and Conservation in the Galapagos Islands: Frameworks & Perspectives

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Stephen J. Walsh, Carlos F. Mena
Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 5, 2012 - 246 pages
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In this launch of the Galapagos series, this book provides a broad “framing” assessment of the current status of social and ecological systems in the Galapagos Islands, and the feedback that explicitly links people to the environment. It also highlights the challenges to conservation imposed by tourism in the Galapagos Islands and the attendant migration of people from mainland Ecuador to service the burgeoning tourism industry. Further, there is an emphasize on the status of the terrestrial and marine environments that form the very foundation of the deep attraction to the Islands by tourists, residents, scholars, and conservationists.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Science and Conservation in the Galapagos Islands
1
Chapter 2 Changing Views of the Galapagos
23
Chapter 3 Perspectives for the Study of the Galapagos Islands Complex Systems and HumanEnvironment Interactions
49
Chapter 4 The Socioeconomic Paradox of Galapagos
69
Chapter 5 Environmental Crisis and the Production of Alternatives Conservation Practices in the Galapagos Islands
86
Chapter 6 The Double Bind of Tourism in Galapagos Society
105
Chapter 7 The Evolution of Ecotourism The Story of the Galapagos Islands and the Special Law of 1998
127
Chapter 8 People Live Here Maternal and Child Health on Isla Isabela Galapagos
141
Chapter 9 Characterizing Contemporary Land UseCover Change on Isabela Island Galápagos
154
Chapter 10 Investigating the Coastal Water Quality of the Galapagos Islands Ecuador
173
Chapter 11 Research in Agricultural and Urban Areas in Galapagos A Biological Perspective
185
Chapter 12 A Geographical Approach to Optimization of Response to Invasive Species
199
Chapter 13 From Whaling to Whale Watching Cetacean Presence and Species Diversity in the Galapagos Marine Reserve
217
Index
236
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