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Demographic and Social Data Needs for the Galapagos Archipelago


Rindfuss, Ronald R. (2009). Demographic and Social Data Needs for the Galapagos Archipelago.. Wolff, Matthias & Gardener, Mark (Eds.) (pp. 143-144). Puerto Ayora, Galapagos, Ecuador: Charles Darwin Foundation.


The Galapagos Archipelago is unique in many ways, one of which is that it was free of human habitation for most of its existence and relatively free of visits from people as well. In recent years the human population, residents and visitors, has changed markedly: tourism has increased almost exponentially, and, in turn, this has created jobs in tourism, construction and related industries. This presentation will examine social and demographic data that already exist for the Galapagos, as well as additional data that could be collected to help us better understand the impact of people on the environment and vice versa. The lack of comparability between the last two censuses will be discussed, as well as plans for the upcoming living standards survey. The role of small, specialized surveys will also be discussed along with the advantages of longitudinal data. Finally, there will be some discussion of data being collected on tourists and their movements within the Galapagos.


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Rindfuss, Ronald R.