Science for Nature and People (SNAP) releases the 2014 Call for Proposals seeking projects that use existing data to fill important knowledge gaps and advance solutions to significant problems at the intersection of nature conservation and human well-being. Projects must have the potential to generate clear outcomes for improving livelihoods and nature conservation, and should examine a geographic scale that can produce generalizable conclusions and/or replicable solutions.
SNAP is a new partnership between the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS),The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). As a boundary institution SNAP Working Group projects cross the boundary from analysis to action. We seek proposals for Working Groups that help answer two overarching questions: 1) How can conservation actions benefit a critical mass of people today while addressing long-term ecological resilience and sustainability? 2) How can economic development be achieved without irreversible or severe environmental damage?
Six New SNAP Working Groups
From the Fall 2013 SNAP Call for Proposals we have selected six new Working Group projects. Each project undertakes a significant challenge at the intersection of nature conservation and human well-being. These Working Groups combine an interdisciplinary synthesis research effort including policy makers and/or practitioners engaged from the very beginning with a clear implementation strategy that has the potential for specific, achievable outcomes through WCS or TNC conservation programs, or through the broader conservation community.
Visit the SNAP website for more information on all SNAP Working Groups and SNAP Magazine where leading scientists, policymakers, practitioners, foundation heads, and others take on critical issues with new ideas.
Hydraulic Fracturing - Impacts of hydraulic fracturing on water quantity and quality
PIs: Sharon Baruch-Mordo, Joe Kiesecker, Anne Trainor, Joe Fargione, and Joe Ryan
Ridges to Reefs Fisheries - Enhancing information on land-use impacts on fisheries
PIs: Carissa Klein, Chris Brown, and Hugh Possingham
Data-limited Fisheries Management - Worldwide fish stock assessment solutions
PIs: Jono Wilson, Carmen Revenga, and Stuart Campbell
Smart Planning and Sustainable Intensification - Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania
PI: Evan Girvetz
Urban Water Security - Prioritizing Investments in Nature (Latin America)
PIs: Josh Goldstein and Beth Tellman
Ecosystem and Resilience Metrics - Making ecosystems count in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
PIs: Fabrice DeClerck and Luis Solarzano
The six new Working Groups join SNAP's inaugural Working Groups -- Coastal Defenses and Western Amazonia -- to form a broad-reaching single-group roster of scientific inquiry into global problems at the nexus of nature and human well-being.
The Science for Nature and People (SNAP) initiative is generously funded through founding grants by Shirley and Harry Hagey, Steve and Roberta Denning, Seth Neiman, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.