New Role for Conservation Science in International Development

       400 Experts from 200 Organizations participate in SNAP
       Expert Working Groups to increase from 19 to 25

The Science for Nature and People (SNAP) partnership announced plans to expand its activities in response to growing demand for solutions at the intersection of nature conservation, human well-being, and economic development — demand that is expected to increase further when the UN's Sustainable Development Goals are announced in September. The announcement was made at the 100th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Science for Nature and People partnership will be holding a symposium at the ESA on Tuesday, August 11 at 8:00 am which will present more about their new approach to conservation science, under the title “Ecology, Conservation and Human Well-Being: Improving Outcomes for Nature and People.”

More than 400 scientists and experts from 200 organizations and 34 countries have participated in SNAP Expert Working Groups. SNAP's 19 multi-sectoral and interdisciplinary Working Groups cover five key thematic areas: Food Security, Water Security, Commerce and Conservation, Climate Change and Resilience, and Measurement and Evaluation.

Following this year’s call for proposals, the partnership has launched two new Working Groups and the scale-up of a third. The first is Biocultural Indicators across Pacific Island communities, and the second is Faith Groups & Conservation. These will meet for the first time later this year. Earlier this year the Evidence-Based Conservation Working Group started and will now expand considerably. The Group has already built and analyzed a database of 1,200 studies to establish the evidence base for conservation efforts benefiting human well-being. Its interim conclusions, presented at the Annual ESA meeting, show that surprisingly little research has been undertaken to demonstrate the health benefits of nature conservation.

News Release

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The Science for Nature and People partnership was founded in 2013 by two of the world’s biggest conservation organizations, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), together with a world leading synthesis institute, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The aim of the partnership is to rapidly develop new models, policy guidelines and conservation interventions that can support the next phase of nature conservation, by synthesizing global datasets and leveraging international collaborations.

 

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Posted on August 10, 2015