Discovering Galapagos is a comprehensive bilingual (English/Spanish) educational resource developed by the Galapagos Conservation Trust in collaboration with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Existing resources on the site focus on the science, geography and history of the Galapagos Islands written for Key Stage 2 and 3 (ages 7-14) audiences.

They feel that an understanding of sustainable development is essential for the next generation of conservation ambassadors.  Its principles are hugely relevant to many scientific areas – from economic policy to agriculture and from energy sources to conflict. They have also developed a Sustainable Development module.

The module bolsters the existing content on Discovering Galapagos, providing new ways for users to explore the inter-related biology, geography and history of the Islands. Chapter content is complimented with animations, interactive games, activities, video and interviews with experts from around the world. The initial chapters cover:

– Conservation: This chapter will explore how biodiversity and conservation of life on the Islands can also be beneficial for sustainability, particularly with regards to the often unknown ecosystem services that many habitats provide for the Islands and the wider world.

– Tourism: Tourism is seen by many as the lifeblood of the Islands. The tourism chapter will present content on eco-tourism and projections of how tourism may change the Islands in the future. This work will also feed into other areas of GCT activity e.g. informing visitors before they go the Islands about responsible tourism and working more actively with tour operators themselves.

– Population and Settlement Dynamics: A rising number of visitors to the Islands is linked to an exponentially increasing population. Population growth brings with it a number of societal, economic and environmental issues. This chapter will look at human settlements on the Islands and present users with content on renewable fuels, construction materials and how sustainability could improve quality of life across the Islands.

– Sustainability Principles: In order to help users build an understanding of how sustainable development has relevance for a variety of activities, the sustainability principles chapter will introduce users to the history of sustainable development and how sustainable development can be considered to be humankind’s best hope of thriving on a planet under a large amount of environmental stress.

For further information, see their website at http://www.discoveringgalapagos.org.uk

 

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