Table 2. Some differences between the “insular” and “isleño” lifestyles, as determinants of future sustainability patterns in the archipelago.


Insular lifestyle Isleño lifestyle
  • Reject limitations and aspire to have the same level of services and reproduce the same consumption patterns in Galapagos as do people on the continent
  • Accept that Galapagos is a special place where some limitations are necessary and where living requires a different consumption pattern from that on the continent
  • Live on the island, but have an ethnic origin from the continent or other external geographic area
  • Have lived on the island for a long period of time, although not necessarily born there, ensuring an intergenerational connection
  • Traditions and cultural expressions deeply rooted to the place of origin, favoring external cultural models
  • Cultural traditions developed locally or brought from the place of origin but incorporating elements of the island reality
  • Colonist mentality, with strong links to continental relatives
  • Resident mentality, with a marked sense of place
  • Maintain the same food preferences as in the place of origin, importing mainland products that are not present in the islands
  • Food preferences adapted to the island reality and resource availability
  • Replicate the same productive and extractive practices as in the place of origin
  • Adopt new productive patterns consistent with the biophysical and environmental constraints of the archipelago
  • Natural resources management disconnected from the island environment
  • Natural resources management deeply rooted to the territory
  • Create demand for externally derived goods, increasing dependence on noninsular resources
  • Create supply and mobilize local resources, building alliances and interdependence
  • Low identification with the island territory; permanent feeling of just being in transit
  • Identity and sense of place highly developed; intergenerational permanence guaranteed
  • Preference for projects designed outside of the islands
  • Create the capacity to locally design and implement projects
  • Reproduce the same building patterns as in the place of origin
  • Develop a construction style based on the use of local materials
  • Promote competition among islands of the archipelago
  • Promote collaboration and solidarity among the islands of the archipelago, avoiding excessive competition
  • Low rate of participation in the monitoring, planning, and decision-making processes
  • Highly participative and concerned about the planning and decision-making processes