Galapagos: Environment, Ecotourism & Conservation

Galapagos: Environment, Ecotourism & Conservation A Derbyshire Geographical Association Lecture

Event date: Wednesday, 25 March 2015 at 6.00 PM

Venue:

University of Derby, Kedleston Road site, DE22 1GB

Room:

Lecture Theatre OL1

Speaker:

Dr Roger Dalton, Visiting Research Fellow

About this event:

Charles Darwin first drew the attention of the scientific world to the unique flora and fauna of these islands in 1835, which had already been impacted by seafarers and the alien species they introduced. Subsequent modest settlement also had profound effects but significant change began in the 1950s when the islands became a National Park. Growing awareness of their ecological importance resulted in the islands being declared the first World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, and today ecotourism contributes to over half the value of the Galapagos economy.

The aim of this guest lecture is to consider the environmental character of the Galapagos, the nature of the tourist experience and the ways in which the tourist industry is managed. Tourism is seen as vital in financing a conservation but brings its own problems.

For more information about this event, please contact Oliver Tomlinson, Senior Lecturer in Geography and Geosciences at the University of Derby, on 01332 591797 or email o.j.tomlinson@derby.ac.uk.