Imaginative Land swap | November 6th, 2008

Anyone who has visited Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island recently will know that it has grown exponentially over the last 30 years and has no further room to expand, they had to obtain a piece of land from the National Park in order to build a bus station. Now the Mayor of Puerto Ayora and the National Park have done a land swap, whereby the national park hands over 70 hectares on the edge of Puerto Ayora, in return for 100 hectares of land in the agricultural zone which has potential for habitat restoration.  While one has to be careful about such a land swap, as it does set a precedent, it is in this case an obvious solution to an otherwise intractable problem as the boundaries of the town are fixed. As long as the benefit is not one-sided, then such an arrangement should benefit everyone.