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Tourism Takes Toll on Ecosystem in Ecuador
BY LARRY TEITELBAUM
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THE ISSUES
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Establishing Rule of Law After Khmer Rouge Reign of Terror
Guatemala Imprisons Women with Impunity
Tourism Takes Toll on Ecosystem in Ecuador
Probing Police Brutality in Argentina
The land where Charles Darwin conducted his famous research is as endangered as some of the species he studied. The Galapagos Islands are experiencing a barrage of tourism. And the potential damage to the island's ecosystem is of great concern to Christopher Jon Fromherz, who spent last summer working for a policy research organization called the Ecuadorian Center of Environmental Law.

Fromherz says the island, which is 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, is a world treasure, home to a host of rare creatures and pristine wetlands. More than 100,000 tourists visit every year, and the population has swelled from 3,000 in the 1980s to 30,000 today. Although Christopher did not spend time in the Galapagos, he says he says other regions of the country face similar environmental issues, as indigenous populations grapple with the trade-offs of economic benefit at the expense of preservation.
 
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