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J. Edward Taylor and Mateusz J. Filipski

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198707875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198707875.001.0001

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Galápagos

Galápagos

The Myth of Ecotourism

Chapter:
7 (p.154) Galápagos
Source:
Beyond Experiments in Development Economics
Author(s):

J. Edward Taylor

Mateusz J. Filipski

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198707875.003.0007

The Galápagos Islands’ historical isolation created the unique natural environment that inspired Charles Darwin’s Evolution of the Species. The archipelago is a focus of international conservation efforts. It is a magnet not only for scientists and conservationists but also an increasing number of eco-tourists. There is growing concern about the compatibility of tourism-induced economic growth and conservation in the archipelago. Past studies ignore the economic linkages that transmit impacts of eco-tourist spending through the Galápagos economy. This chapter shows how to use survey data to construct a spatially-integrated (three-island) local economy-wide model to simulate the impacts of eco-tourism. It finds that eco-tourism stimulates income and population growth on the islands, casting doubt on islanders’ ability to balance the dual objectives of economic development and conservation.

Keywords:   Galápagos Islands, eco-tourism, conservation, biodiversity, economy-wide modeling, migration, Ecuador, impact evaluation

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