A collaboratively derived environmental research agenda for galápagos

Arturo Izurieta, Byron Delgado, Nicolas Moity, Monica Calvopiña, Iván Cedeño, Gonzalo Banda-Cruz, Eliecer Cruz, Milton Aguas, Francisco Arroba, Iván Astudillo, Diana Bazurto, Mónica Soria, Stuart Banks, Steve Bayas, Simone Belli, Rafael Bermúdez, Nicolai Boelling, Jimmy Bolaños, Mercy Borbor, M. Lorena BritoLeopoldo Bucheli, Karl Campbell, David Carranza, Jorge Carrión, Maria Casafont, Xavier Castro, Sandra Chamorro, Juan Chávez, David Chicaiza, René Chumbi, Paulina Couenberg, David Cousseau, Marilyn Cruz, Noemí D’Ozouville, Cristina De La Guía, Giorgio De La Torre, Carla Molina Díaz, Jessica Duchicela, Daniel Endara, Vanessa Garcia, Cynthia Gellibert, James Gibbs, Juan Carlos Guzmán, Pippa Heylings, Andrés Iglesias, Juan Carlos Izurieta, Patricia Jaramillo, Asleigh Klingman, Andrew Laurie, Patricia Leon, Jaime Medina, Edison Mendieta, Godfrey Merlen, Carla Montalvo, Edwin Naula, Diego Páez-Rosas, Manuel Peralta, Marcos Peralvo, Mario Piu, José Poma, José Pontón, Mireya Pozo, Daniel Proaño, Mónica Ramos, Ana Rousseaud, Danny Rueda, Pelayo Salinas, Gloria Salmoral, Silvia Saraguro, Débora Simón-Baile, Washington Tapia, Byron Teran, Marilú Valverde, Andrea Vargas, Josué Vega, Wilson Velásquez, Alberto Vélez, Santiago Verdesoto, Hernán G. Villarraga, Fernando Vissioli, Cesar Viteri-Mejía, Lucía Norris-Crespo, Sophia C. Cooke, M. Veronica Toral-Granda, William J. Sutherland

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Abstract

Galápagos is one of the most pristine archipelagos in the world and its conservation relies upon research and sensible management. In recent decades both the interest in, and the needs of, the Islands have increased, yet the funds and capacity for necessary research have remained limited. It has become, therefore, increasingly important to identify areas of priority research to assist decision-making in Galápagos conservation.This study identified 50 questions considered priorities for future research and management. The exercise involved the collaboration of policy makers, practitioners and researchers from more than 30 different organisations. Initially, 360 people were consulted to generate 781 questions. An established process of preworkshop voting and three rounds to reduce and reword the questions, followed by a two-day workshop, was used to produce the final 50 questions. The most common issues raised by this list of questions were human population growth, climate change and the impact of invasive alien species. These results have already been used by a range of organisations and politicians and are expected to provide the basis for future research on the Islands so that its sustainability may be enhanced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-177
Number of pages10
JournalPacific Conservation Biology
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2018

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    Izurieta, A., Delgado, B., Moity, N., Calvopiña, M., Cedeño, I., Banda-Cruz, G., Cruz, E., Aguas, M., Arroba, F., Astudillo, I., Bazurto, D., Soria, M., Banks, S., Bayas, S., Belli, S., Bermúdez, R., Boelling, N., Bolaños, J., Borbor, M., ... Sutherland, W. J. (2018). A collaboratively derived environmental research agenda for galápagos. Pacific Conservation Biology, 24(2), 168-177. https://doi.org/10.1071/PC17053