Thursday, September 26, 2013

SNAP: An Important New Conservation and Human Development Collaboration

At the Clinton Global Initiative on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) announced the launch of Science for Nature and People (SNAP). This important collaboration seeks to address conservation and human development issues in the context of increasing global populations and growing resource scarcity. SNAP aims to achieve this lofty goal by exploring knowledge based approaches to managing things like food, water, and energy.

Scientists and specialists are invited to submit proposals for working groups where there is the possibility of addressing knowledge gaps and advancing solutions to urgent problems in the environment/human nexus. SNAP plans to employ working groups to research, analyze and develop solutions to these challenges.

The group is already working on a couple of projects, one is called, "Integrating Natural Defenses into Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction," and another is titled, "Western Amazonia: Balancing Infrastructure Development and Conservation of Waters, Wetlands and Fisheries." SNAP will regularly provide reports, publications and other materials.

“SNAP will become the go-to place for practitioners and policymakers from around the world to seek and find solutions to their most pressing problems around human well-being and the conservation of nature,” said WCS Executive Vice President for Conservation and Science and member of SNAP’s governing board, John Robinson. “To announce this collaboration at the Clinton Global Initiative speaks to the far-reaching impact that SNAP’s results could have on future policy applications.”

Frank Davis, NCEAS director and a member of SNAP’s governing board, added: “The complex ecological and social issues that SNAP will be tackling will need the concerted effort of decision makers, scientists and information engineers. These types of collaborations are challenging, but our experience at NCEAS is that they can also be personally and professionally rewarding and can identify productive pathways to implementation.”

SNAP’s founding organizations will draw upon thousands of people in 65 countries around the world. By working with organizations with a proven capacity to assemble multidisciplinary teams they hope to be able to solve some of the biggest problems confronting humanity today.

Click here to see the new SNAP website and online magazine.

© 2013, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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