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The crossroads of ecotourism dependency, food security and a global pandemic in Galapagos, Ecuador
Sustainability ; 13(23), 2021.
Article in English | CAB Abstracts | ID: covidwho-2080476
ABSTRACT
International esteem for Galapagos' natural wonders and the democratization of travel have contributed to a 300% increase in annual tourist entries to the archipelago from 2000 (68,989) to 2018 (275,817). The attendant spike in tourism-related anthropogenic impact coupled with deficient infrastructure development has put the archipelago's natural capital and carrying capacity at risk. The complex nature of Galapagos' food insecurity is linked to the archipelago's geographic isolation, its diminishing agricultural workforce, international tourists' demand for recognizable food, and a lack of investment in sustainable and innovative agricultural futures. Food security is key to the long-term well-being of Galapaguenos, who sustain Galapagos' tourism industry. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the vulnerability of human systems in Galapagos, especially the fragility of Galapagos' ecotourism dependency. Galapaguenos' struggle to endure the tourism sector's slow rebound following the 2020 travel restrictions points to an urgent need to implement food security measures as an indispensable component of the archipelago's long-term sustainability plan. This article presents ethnographic data to discuss the tourism sector's impact on local food systems, Galapaguenos' right to food sovereignty, efforts to increase agricultural production, and why strengthening institutional partnerships is vital to Galapagos' food self-sufficiency.
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Full text: Available Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: CAB Abstracts Type of study: Prognostic study / Qualitative research Country/Region as subject: South America / Ecuador Language: English Journal: Sustainability Year: 2021 Document Type: Article

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Full text: Available Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: CAB Abstracts Type of study: Prognostic study / Qualitative research Country/Region as subject: South America / Ecuador Language: English Journal: Sustainability Year: 2021 Document Type: Article