1. Why do you consider LT&C an important initiative and why are you interested in membership?
Conservation and tourism managers from different parts of the world can learn from each other, particularly in the developing world, where nature-oriented tourism is often a very significant source of income for individuals and governments.
2. Why is your case a good example of linking tourism and conservation?
Over the past half-century political support by the Ecuadorian has been significant and positive. Having said that, it is clear that this support is, at the end of the day, a function of the significance of Galápagos for the Ecuadorian economy. This is where internationally led education of potential GPS customers/tourists becomes crucial; if tourists want and pay for wilderness and unspoiled land and sea, conservation investments will be made.
3. Are there plans to further improve your example of tourism supporting conservation in the future?
Could be done, particularly if others get involved.
4. How could your example be transferred to another protected area and how could your experience be shared with others?
We’ve had exchanges with National Parks in other parts of the world. The GPS National Park Service is fairly well developed and can serve as a model, also in a negative way.