The outcomes of this invited workshop-style Summit will be a strategic research agenda and international network of researchers that can be used to support energy mix Decision making in locations around the world. The focus on the Summit will be to integrate knowledge from diverse disciplines, cultures and ecological systems to focus on energy mix and sustainability. The goal is to find solutions to energy challenges in ‘fragile’ social ecological development contexts. Many such contexts are of international significance and are classified as World Heritage sites, including the Galapagos Islands. The Summit will be held in the Galapagos extension of Universidad San Francisco de Quito.
Energy is a necessity of life and a critical life-support system in both social systems and ecosystems. However, development activities requiring energy use and supply can create unanticipated problems for fragile environments. The Galapagos Islands are a microcosm of this global issue as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in a remote location with local communities and unique marine and terrestrial ecosystems. As a National Park and World Heritage Site, there are multiple stakeholders involved in finding sustainable solutions to economic, environmental, and social needs and opportunities. The need to manage significant international eco-tourism while striving to improve the quality of life for growing local communities and conserve the ancient and biologically significant flora and fauna of the islands makes the Galapagos and excellent venue to give the Summit a real World context in which to understand and address the energy mix challenges representative of similar situations worldwide.
The Summit is limited to 50 invited international participants. Those invited will be international leaders in research, business and public policy with experience and expertise in dealing with the challenges and solutions related to sustainable development and energy mix in fragile environments.
Expertise from the fields of management, engineering, law, environmental design, sustainable energy development, economics, social sciences and environmental sciences will be represented in Summit working sessions.
Summit activities will be housed at USFQ Galapagos campus and the Municipal Convention Centre overlooking the Port of Baquerizo Moreno on the Island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
- Convene a group of international experts and practitioners with interdisciplinary backgrounds and experience related to energy mix issues in fragile social ecological environments.
- Identify relevant theories and best practice contributions to the Summit’s 5 core themes.
- Integrate thematic ideas and concepts into a strategic framework with research priorities for designing and customizing energy mix in fragile environments in different biogeoclimatic and cultural contexts.
- Use the Galapagos Islands venue as a ‘case study’ of energy mix issues and possible solutions.
- Create a network of international practitioners and researchers to carry forward results from the Summit for testing in a wide variety of locations, institutional, business, development and energy sector settings
- Prepare for the larger 2016 World Summit.
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Ecuador and the Galapagos
Ecuador and the Galapagos
Ecuador can be the perfect synonymous for Diversity. Come and discover this fabulous blend of landscapes, climates, ecosystems and cultures, all in a small territory, similar to the surface of the U.K. or the state of Colorado in the U.S. Here, within minutes by air, you can swiftly move between the Pacific Coast, the Andean Highlands, the Amazon Rainforest and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador’s Four Worlds, all in one fascinating, friendly country Ecuador is a colorful universe of varied, pure magic.
Located in the Pacific Ocean, 1000 kilometers from the South American mainland, this Ecuadorean Archipelago, made of 14 major islands and more than 60 smaller islands and islets, surrounded by its Marine Reserve, the world's second largest, is known as a "Living Laboratory" or "Showcase" of Evolution.
The combination of converging marine currents, a volcanic geological structure and their oceanic isolation has resulted in this "melting pot" of unique species, found nowhere else on earth. Some of the most notorious samples are the marine iguanas, the giant tortoises (called "Galapagos") and the 13 varieties of Darwin's finches.
This uniqueness inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, following his visit to the islands in 1835. Since then, they have become a Mecca for scientific investigation. Today, as a strictly protected National Park, and the world's first natural area designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the Galapagos are also one of the world's most fascinating tourist destinations and a true Wonder of Nature
USFQ at the Galapagos
The campus of Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Galapagos (which includes the local programs, GAIAS, and the GSC) is located in the island of San Cristobal, the capital of the Galapagos, in the city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, which has a population of approximately 6,000 people, most of whom make their living principally of artisanal (small scale) fishing and tourism. In San Cristobal, water temperature averages 22-23 Cª / 71-73 Fº, although it can range from 19Cº - 26 Cº / 66Fº - 78 Fº. Other islands (such as Española) have lower water temperatures depending on the time of year.
On San Cristobal, students are surrounded by some of the most unique wildlife species on the planet. On this island alone, they will have the opportunity to observe Chatham Mockingbirds, Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies, Frigate birds, Pintail Ducks, Gallinules, Pelicans, Giant Tortoises, Sea Tortoises, Crabs, Sea Lions, and various other sea and land birds, including some species of the famous Darwin finches.
The Pacific Coast
Ecuador's Pacific Coast is a fascinating blend of charming flatlands, covered with banana plantations (Ecuador is the world's leading producer), coffee and cocoa fields, fine wood and rice plantations, small and picturesque coastal villages and along 800 kilometers of coastline, a never ending string of magnificent bays and coves with stunning white sandy beaches and the omnipresence of the Pacific Ocean.
The Coast of Ecuador is much more of course. Here, the earlier cultures that inhabited Ecuador established their first settlements and developed admirable social organizations and a natural vocation for fine art, whether with jewelry, pottery or other elements found in the lush tropical vegetation of the area. While culture flourished in many ways, fishing and trading became important activities which are still vital aspects for the country's economy until present days.
All along the coastal stretch, archeological sites and museums display the evidence of the formidable cultures that lived there, thousands of years ago. Quaint yet colorful fishing villages dot the coastline, while gastronomy is a fabulous experience with the most delicious combinations of seafood cooked with plantain, coconut milk, peanut sauces and other exotic produce of the zone.
The Ecuadorians love the beach and this has led to the existence of fine coastal resorts with comfortable infrastructure, fantastic beaches, mostly with calm waters, other sites are hot spots for surfing and a variety of water sports including deep-sea fishing and scuba diving.
The Andean Region
Welcome to a kaleidoscopic vision of all the possible varieties of green, combined with golden and orange colored fields and valleys, flanked everywhere by the imposing vision of enormous and awe-inspiring volcanoes, covered with bluish glaciers and perpetual snows, towering well over 4, 5 and 6 thousand meters of elevation above sea level. The Andes traverse Ecuador from north to south, just like a two-lane avenue with these colossal mountains orderly lined up in two chains, eastern and western, leaving in between a continuous series of verdant valleys and river gorges, occasionally crossed by smaller mountain ranges.
All along the Andean region, your encounters include dramatic mountain scenery, picturesque villages which fly high with color and local produce on the traditional Indian markets, an ancestral tradition, maintained until present day, when, visitors can be part of the every day life of the local ethnic groups. The most famous Indian market is Otavalo with its piles of weavings and textiles full of color and quality.
Everywhere, samples of the rich and varied culture are to be found: imaginative handicrafts, full of creativity and color, a rich and varied gastronomy based on local products such as corn (maize) in its many varieties, potatoes, delicacies prepared with pork meat, poultry, beef, lamb and exotic fruits and juices.
The Amazon Rainforest
An immense green ocean, as seen from the air, marks Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, the most remote, pristine and bio diverse corner of the Amazon Basin, yet easily accessible by land and air from Quito and other Andean cities.
These are the domains of 100 meter-high kapok or ficus trees, myriads of flowers, amazing orchids and bromeliads, the home for thousands of species of birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. This is also the home of majestic rivers, mighty tributaries of the Amazon, as well as dozens of smaller rivers, creeks and fascinating lagoons of all sizes, hosting amazing natural surprises everywhere. Around a hidden corner on some of these waterways you may be stunned by the almost mighty presence of the pink river dolphins. Here you will marvel at the flight of dazzling bright blue morpho butterflies, colorful and noisy parakeets and macaws or laugh at the antics performed high in the canopy by dozens of species of monkeys.
This is one of the earth’s hot spots of biological diversity which attracts nature oriented tourists and visitors just as much as it does to scientists and investigators. This is the perfect venue to explore, to discover, to learn and to respect the wonders of nature. For this reason, the area holds several National Parks, Ecological and Biological Reserves and Protected Areas to guarantee the everlasting natural richness of the area.
PROGRAM PLANNING COMMITTEE
University of Calgary
Dr. Julie Rowney
Haskayne School of Business
Dr. Irene Herremans
Haskayne School of Business
Professor Allan Ingelson
Faculty of Law
Dr. Anil Mehrotra
Schulich School of Engineering & SEDV Program
Dr. Mary-Ellen Tyler
Faculty of Environmental Design
Dr. Elizabeth Cannon
President and Vice Chancellor
University of Calgary
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Dr. Diego Quiroga
Director, GAIAS Institute
Dr. Carlos Montufar
Mount Royal University
Dr. Mike Quinn
Director, Institute for Environmental Sustainability
Inter American Development Bank (IDB)
Ms. Annette Hester
Energy Innovation Centre
- Michael Quinn
- Mary Ellen Tyler
- Ryan Dick
- Anil Mehrotra
- Adriana Valencia