Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Sustainable Tourism Is The Key To The Galapagos’ Survival


Data generated in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that sustainable tourism is the key to the survival of the Galapagos Islands’ flora and fauna.

With travel greatly restricted, data has shown that flightless cormorants and penguins have seen their populations soar by 16% and 34%, respectively. The growth is attributed to the lack of human visitors, which massively reduced disturbances on the islands.

The key to the archipelago’s future survival lies with sustainable tourism, with Michael Eiseman, the co-founder of Touring Galapagos stating:

“Lockdown and the coronavirus pandemic have had a paradoxical impact on the Galapagos; native animal species have thrived as a result of limited disturbances but the halt in tourism has had a devastating impact on local businesses, with many struggling to stay afloat. That’s why it’s important that we get tourists back to exploring the area as soon as possible, but in a way that is both sustainable and educates them about the fragility of the habitats.”

The move to rewild the Galapagos, promote sustainable tourism, and help conserve one of our planet’s natural wonders has been supported by a $43 million pledge from Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmyhttps://www.deeperblue.com
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for DeeperBlue.com