SNAPP: Advancing human well-being through evidence-based conservation

Principal Investigator(s): 

Madeleine (Bottrill) McKinnon and David Wilkie
Several major international conservation organizations explicitly reference people in their mission statements and aspire to achieve social benefits through conservation. Yet the state of available relevant research documenting the impacts of conservation on human well-being remains unclear. Rigorous and comprehensive evidence is necessary to enable efficient, defensible and targeted decisions and investments in conservation that will advance social goals.
To advance the use and availability of the science needed to make evidence-based conservation decisions, this SNAPP Working Group will build on the results of their first SNAPP Working Group that created a systemic map documenting evidence of the impact of conservation on human well-being. The Working Group has been deeply involved in an effort to systematically assess more than 32,000 potential studies to generate a large dataset of more than 1000 relevant case studies. From this evidence map, the SNAP group will: 1) explore trends in the impacts that different types of conservation interventions have had on various dimensions of human well-bing; 2) develop a probabilistic model to more efficiently identify, and update evidence from online publication databases to create a dynamic evidence tool; 3) design and pilot mechanisms for integrating evidence into decision making of three key groups: donors, researchers and practitioners, based upon their explicit needs for evidence on nature-people linkages.

This project is supported by the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP), generously funded through founding grants by Shirley and Harry Hagey, Steve and Roberta Denning, Seth Neiman, Angela Nomellini and Ken Olivier, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

More information for project participants Visit the SNAPP website