SNAP: SCB North America’s Policy Committee

The mission of the North America Policy Program is to leverage the research and scientific expertise of the Society’s members to ensure that critical knowledge relating to the conservation of biological diversity is used by decision makers when shaping policies that affect the planet’s biodiversity.  Please stay tuned for information on how to get involved in SNAP’s initiatives!

SNAP’s Top Initiatives:

Climate change adaptation

Climate change presents a significant risk to biological diversity around the world, and could push over 30% towards extinction by the end of the century.  Helping species adapt to the worst impacts of climate change is an important management strategy to minimize the impacts of climate change.  SCBNA has worked towards improving and adopting policies that strengthen climate change adaptation, for example to strengthen connectivity policies especially on publicly owned lands in the United States.

Endangered species

SCBNA has a long history of working to improve policies for endangered species in the United States and Canada. For example, in 2002 SCB led a comprehensive review of all recovery plans for imperiled species protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) and offered a series of recommendations to strengthen those plans.  Since then, SCBNA has continued to focus on the recovery of plant and animal species protected under the ESA and Canada’s Species At Risk Act.

Scientific integrity

SCB North America’s Policy Committee (SNAP) works to strengthen and advance scientific integrity to ensure that scientific knowledge relating to the conservation of biological diversity is used by decision makers when shaping policies that affect the planet’s biodiversity.

SNAP recently convened a transnational team of scientists to identify policies on scientific integrity which should be supported by scientists and scientific societies active on the issue. The result is a new study published in the journal Conservation Biology.


Policy News

SNAP Committee:

Brett Hartl, VP for Policy and Programs, Chair

Kristin Carden (SCBNA Board member, Treasurer)

Courtney Schultz (SCBNA Board member)

Carlos Carroll (SCBNA Board member, Past-President)

Dominick DellaSala

Kai Chan (SCBNA Board member)

Meade Krosby