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A collaboratively derived environmental research agenda for Galápagos

ARTURO IZURIETA , Byron Delgado , Nicolas Moity , Mónica Calvopiña , Yvan Cedeño , Gonzalo Banda-Cruz , Eliecer Cruz , Milton Aguas , Iván Astudillo-Estévez , Francisco Arroba , Diana Bazurto , Mónica Soria , Stuart Banks , Steve Bayas , Simone Belli , Rafael Bermúdez , Nicolai Bolling , Jimmy Bolaños , Mercy Borbor , M. Lorena Brito , Leopoldo 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 García , Cynthia Gellibert , James Gibbs , Juan Carlos Gurzmán , Pippa Heylings , Andrés Iglesias , Juan Carlos Izurieta , Patricia Jaramillo , Asleigh Klingman , Andrew Laurie , Patricia León , 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 Terán , Marilú Valverde , Andrea Vargas , Josué Vega , Wilsón Velásquez , Alberto Vélez , Santiago Verdesoto , Hernán G. Villarraga , Fernando Vissioli , César Viteri-Mejía , Lucía Norris , Sophia Cooke , M. Veronica Toral-Granda , William Sutherland


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 fifty questions considered priorities for future research and management. The exercise involved the collaboration of policy makers, practitioners and researchers from more than thirty different organizations. Initially, 360 people were consulted to generate 781 questions. An established process of pre-workshop voting and three rounds to reduce and reword the questions, followed by a two-day workshop, was used to produce the final fifty 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 organizations and politicians and are expected to provide the basis for future research on the islands so that its sustainability may be enhanced.

PC17053  Accepted 09 March 2018

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