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Towards sustainability: Regional planning in the Galapagos

San Cristobal harbourEcuador, has made two commitments of great importance towards the conservation and sustainable development of the Galapagos Islands:

By constitutional mandate and according to the Special Law, the Galapagos National Institute, INGALA, is the highest-level corporate body established in the region, integrating three structural elements that give it the authority to undertake the actions required to implement the new scheme of sustainable development in the region:

Tourists on Bartolome Consequently, INGALA is the body which represents the environmental, social and economic interests of the region and whose main mission is regional planning and its mandatory follow-up and evaluation, according to Art. 239 of the Constitution. However, the important function assigned to this organisation does not include the financial resources necessary to fulfill such a large and important responsibility. The question is, how to achieve it?

How shall this challenge of the new sustainable development model be addressed?

It is important that the Galapagos community understands that planning builds the medium and long-term future. The Galapagos Regional Plan is the primary technical instrument that establishes the direction of the broader actions that lead to the new tourism-based model for sustainable development in Galapagos. On 23rd May 2003 INGALA approved the Strategies and objectives for implementation on five action and institutional management areas: conservation, production, human development, environmental services and land use planning.

The relation between regional, sectoral and annual operative planning

In order to understand their relations and dependencies three hierarchic levels of planning must be defined:

Level 1. Regional planning. This guides medium and long-term planning, identifies the initial state and establishes policies and directives to create the desired state. The definition of the new model of sustainable development is based on indicators, to allow follow-up and evaluation.

Level 2. Sectoral planning. This level establishes programmes and budgets according to the priorities of each municipality. It comprises the municipal planning produced by each municipality based on directives in the regional plan and the resources of each municipality. This level also includes the planning of the Galapagos National Park, land and marine areas, in which the technical staff of the Planning Unit are participating.

Level 3. Annual operative plans. This comprises the day-to-day activities which the organisations carry out each year, based on the resources received from the State or external cooperation, and whose results are evaluated on the basis of environmental, social and economic indicators.

Source: Galapagos National Institute (INGALA).

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