Galapagos damage caused by too much tourism must be stopped
Conservationists on the Galapagos Islands are warning that if tourism on the Galapagos Islands is not brought under control, the damage caused could be irreversible.
As Charles Darwin turns 200 tomorrow, the director of the Charles Darwin Foundation says that the only way to avoid disaster on these islands is to limit tourism. 173,000 tourists visited the islands last year.
"The Galapagos is still the best preserved archipelago in the world. But what's at stake if current trends continue is that the Galapagos will be lost. Yes the Galapagos will still be there but the richness will be lost."
The rising numbers have led to a boom in the construction of hotels and a surge in imports from mainland Ecuador.
Alien species that are introduced to the islands when people come can be fatal to some of the species that live there.
Fire ants are especially becoming a problem.
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