Galapagos National Park Rangers Complete Workshop on Use of Garmin GPS Positioning Systems

February 23, 2021; By WildAid Marine Ecuador 

In coordination with the Galapagos National Park Directorate, WildAid Marine and a Skytec representative from Garmin hosted a two-day practical workshop for park rangers on February 22 and 23, 2021, focused on the handling and use of Garmin GPS Positioning Systems.

Forty park rangers from the different areas of the Galapagos National Park, including Santa Cruz, San Cristóbal, and Isabela, participated in the hands-on workshop. The objective of the workshop was to train Galapagos park rangers in the use of GPS devices, as well as the operation of related Mapsource and Garmin Express software. By the end of the workshop, all participants had received comprehensive training on the handling of the portable GPS devices, as well as the transfer of data from the device to Mapsource, Basecamps, and Garmin Express software. Rangers are now equipped to use these devices and software in the completion of daily tasks and data collection.

For WildAid Marine, providing ongoing training for Galapagos park rangers is a key element of our partnership with the Park. Helping to develop the institutional capacity of our local partners contributes to the successful long-term management and protection of the Galapagos National Park.