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Activities in Ecuador

Project on Conservation of the Galapagos Marine Reserve

Background and Objective

Monitoring the marine water qualityMonitoring the marine water quality

In the Galapagos Islands, efforts to ecological conservation along the coastal regions have been slow in coming. A lack of understanding and cooperation for marine protection among the residents has also held back the conservation efforts in marine protection areas. The aim of the project is to balance the nature conservation and the marine resource use as well as promoting marine environment protection and sustainable management for the Galapagos Islands.

  • Record of Discussions signed on: August 19, 2003
  • Project Amount: 576.290 million yen
  • Executing Agency: Galapagos National Park Service

Project Summary

Students visiting the environmental education community centerStudents visiting the environmental education community center

This project will enhance the participation-style management of the Galapagos Marine Reserve by communicating information with fishermen through media such as specifically designed TV and radio programs. Environmental education is also provided at the Visitor Center, marine surveys are conducted and survey results are collected, and besides water quality is regularly monitored. Other activities will include studying the possibility of sea cucumbers as a resource, monitoring participation-style fishing, experiencing fishing, and promoting the souvenirs sales.

Project Highlights

Studying about spiny lobster larvaeStudying about spiny lobster larvae

As part of this project, a community center has been built to provide environmental education to the residents. The local volunteers explain about the natural environment of the Galapagos Islands to students and tourists who visit the center.



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