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Working Within ORGALA

In the attempt to effectively and realistically implement a preservation strategy, one must recognize the policy mechanism used by ORGALA. Money is either given directly to an already existing organization, who then implements the requests of ORGALA, or a team is created by ORGALA to carry out the request, or Ecuador/INGALA is lobbied to have the request adopted as law. Finally, the most drastic measure of a "Finanacial Veto" is employed to prevent Ecuador from taking drastic actions detrimental to the Galapagos.

ORGALA holds no direct political power due to the apolitical structure of the organization. Hence all regulations and changes in environmental law, such as that regarding implementation of ITQs, must be achieved through lobbying. Lobbyists are not included in a formalized office of ORGALA; however, lobbyists will be employed only through ORGALA in order to ensure that the interests of ORGALA are promoted fairly. This precaution is primarily to prevent member organizations that employ representatives to lawmakers from furthering their personal agendas under the name of ORGALA. Funds necessary for the employment of lobbyists shall be included as part of the administrative budget of ORGALA.

Both "inside" and "outside" forms of lobbying shall be utilized in achieving the targeted legislation. "Inside" lobbying, which constitutes of direct persuasion of lawmakers, will be essential to shaping the specifics of such regulations and laws that are created. "Outside" lobbying consists primarily of generating popular support from constituents in order to exert pressure upon lawmakers. Based on previous experience, such pressures have on occasion played a substantial role in changing legislation. "Outside" lobbying may be most effective if combined or conducted in a cooperative manner with the educational component of the initial preservation strategy committee. In short, the main points concerning ORGALA and lobbying are as follows:

The "Financial Veto" has precedent as an effective tool against drastic actions taken by Ecuador. When the Ecuadorian government commits some heinous act in regard to the Galapagos a vote for a financial veto can be called within ORGALA. If the veto is agreed upon, then all funding to Ecuador is placed on a standstill. As was noted earlier, when President Gutierrez attempted to install Cepeda as the new park director, "Several international scientific and environmental organizations [froze] funding to the park in anticipation of Naula's ouster" (MSNBC 2004). Because this action resulted in a delay in park rangers' salaries, paradoxically the park rangers intensified their protests against the President. Of course, Ecuador suffered from the cutoff in funds, and this caused President Gutierrez to come to the bargaining table in choosing the next park director. Thus, one can see that under ORGALA the financial veto would be a negative feedback system, forcing Ecuador to negotiate on whatever issue is at hand.

Major Efforts

The following are examples and rough drafts of possible proposals that ORGALA could adopt as part of an initial preservation strategy. Although some efforts can be achieved directly, others will require the lobbying power of ORGALA as described above.


The purpose of the education program will be to promote environmentally friendly practices among the inhabitants of the Galapagos and to foster a sense of pride for this unique habitat that they live in through education about the environment and the issues that surround the Galapagos. The courses offered shall focus on environmental problems facing the islands and accentuate the magnitude of impact that local actions have on the environment of the Galapagos. Courses will be offered for all age groups; they will be offered free of charge at local universities and also be integrated into the curriculum of primary schools. It is important to encourage an appreciation for the environment at an early age so that in the future, the inhabitants of the Galapagos will be more aware of the threats facing the Galapagos.

Also, such courses can be used to spread awareness of specific environmental problems such as that of excessive fishing. Fishermen would be required to complete certain courses regarding the effects of excessive fishing in order to obtain the individual transferable quotas needed to legally fish. In this way, the source of the problem may be addressed.

Quota Management

The current common quota system promotes gold rush fishing in which fishermen compete with each other to catch fish the fastest. This results in much more destructive fishing, as fishermen have no time for environmentally friendly methods. Also, the fish they capture will have less market value because huge quantities will be fished and sold at the start of the season, meaning the price will be much lower. ITQs would dissolve the need to rush for fish, as each fisherman would be allotted part of the stock, and they will be able to sell the fish at a greater profit. ITQs also have been found to promote a much greater sense of ownership of the fishery resource in the fishermen, which often results in an increased motivation to conserve and care for the well-being of the marine ecosystem.

Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) Management Plan for the Galapagos Fishery
All fishery catches in the Galapagos will be regulated by the distribution of individual quotas for each species by the Glaapagos National Park Service (GNPS)

Invasive Species

There exists over the spread of the islands a population of over 500 species of alien flora, fauna, and micro fauna. In this document, ORGALA authorizes the allocation of funds for the following endeavors in ridding the Galápagos habitat of invasive species:br>
International Preserve
:: Political History
:: Managerial History
:: Galapagos as a Part of Ecuador
:: Current Problems
:: Our Goals
:: Current NGOs in Galapagos
:: The ORGALA Solution
:: Initial Preservation Strategy
:: References