Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

Goal: improve living standards among islands' residents while sustaining conservation of unique biodiversity.

Main challenge: foster the role of residents in setting planning agendas and participating fully in their islands' development.

Objective 1: provide opportunities for horizontal know-how transfer among relevant professional staff from both archipelagos, and to promote the involvement of the islands' residents in planning processes together with their participation in the sustainable development of the islands.

Low levels of awareness on the relationships linking the conservation of ecosystems, natural resources and biological diversity and the generation of concrete and sustainable development opportunities, is an issue to be addressed, at different levels, in both archipelagos. This extends to officials, community leaders as well as the local business community. There is an urgent need to strengthen the capacities of relevant institutions and society to work in a systemic and cross-sectoral fashion to improve the overall management of the island's resources.

Objective 2: contribute to the consolidation of relevant institutional capacities in the systemic planning and management of sustainable development, by promoting inter-linkage and information exchange between relevant institutions and administrations, as well as boosting their capacity to dialogue with local communities, NGOs and the general public.

Implementation methodologies

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Government of Italy - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGCS)
Government of Ecuador - Galapagos Tourism Development Cooperative
Government of Ecuador - Instituto Nacional Galapagos
Government of Ecuador - Ministerio por el Medio-Ambiente
Government of Ecuador - Parque Nacional Galapagos
Government of Italy - Ministry of the Environment and Territory, Directorate General for the Protection of Nature (DGCN)
Government of Yemen - Environment Protection Authority, Socotra Conserv
Government of Yemen - Ministry of Planning and Development
Government of Yemen - Ministry of Tourism and Environment

Major Groups:
Indigenous People (Ecuador)
Local Authorities (Ecuador)
Non-Governmental Organizations (Ecuador)
Tourism industry (Ecuador)
Indigenous People (Yemen)
Local Authorities (Yemen)
Non-Governmental Organizations (Yemen)
Tourism industry (Yemen)

UN System:
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (Ecuador)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (Yemen)
Other intergovernmental organizations:
IUCN - The World Conservation Union (Switzerland)

University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Italy)
Charles Darwin Foundation (United States of America)
Socotra Ecotourism Society (Yemen)

Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Resources devoted to implementation
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: 2008-01-01
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