Valuation of marine wildlife in the Galapagos Islands

Susana Cardenas sitting on boat, wearing hat and sun glassesThe ASU School of Life Sciences and the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes invite you to a Hugh Hanson Seminar to learn about marine wildlife conservation efforts in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. This presentation will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the School of Life Sciences, Wing-C, room 202, ASU Tempe campus. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP is required.
Susana Cárdenas Díaz, PhD Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
Director, Institute of Applied Ecology Professor, College of Biology and Environmental Sciences The conservation of marine endangered species represents an ecosystem service in the Galapagos Islands. In this talk, Professor Cárdenas will discuss stated preference data from a survey of tourists in the Galapagos National Park and its Marine Reserve, to investigate their willingness to pay for the recovery of two marine endangered species—the hammerhead shark and green sea turtle—through visitor fees and donations. Results suggest that tourists have a positive willingness to pay for improvements in the recovery of the two endangered marine species in the Galapagos. These results are relevant to alternative funding mechanisms being considered for the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor (CMAR), a governmental initiative to create and promote the conservation of the archipelagos in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador. Please RSVP here.