Effective control on introduced species will not be possible without the support and involvement of the Galapagos visitors and local population. This programme aims to link research and management programmes with community needs, to promote an adequate capability and appropriate attitudes and responses from concerned stakeholders in the local, national and international community, so that successful bio-invasion control can be achieved.
To attain the expected impact the ‘Community awareness and involvement in alien species control’ programme uses a range of disciplines, such as communication, environmental education, social marketing, and social participation, within an integral approach. Its action lines are:
New strategies on Environmental Education and Communication at both local and national levels have been implemented to promote understanding and establish changes in behaviour in target audiences. Multimedia is used, environmental education centres have been created in Isabela, Santa Cruz and San Cristobal islands, and alliances with local media and education workers are promoted.
The programme also includes institutional capacity strengthening, of both the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation, and the development and application of methods to assess the effectiveness of awareness and participation programmes to produce changes in attitude and behaviour.
Source: Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park.