3.5 Galápagos research and human effects
Most of the animals and birds on the islands have no fear of humans, which is one of the reasons why the islands are such an attractive place to carry out research.
This video highlights the pressures of increasing tourism and increasing population. Since the video was made, an area of land close to Puerto Ayora, the main town on Santa Cruz, has been set aside for 1200 new houses, which will double the size of the town. The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community has been working with local people and the Galápagos Conservation Trust to produce building codes for sustainable housing.