About 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!
Are you a SCB member interested in developing a policy statement on North American issues?  Follow this link to learn more about the policy approval process through the SNAP committee.

SNAP News –  NACCB Policy Declaration

The following declaration was presented to the membership of the North America Section of SCB and offered for a vote during the 2018 SCBNA Members Meeting, held Tuesday July 24, 4pm ET at the North American Congress for Conservation Biology. Per the SCBNA bylaws, a majority of the membership constituting atleast 30 members is required to pass this declaration at a members meeting. SCBNA members present voted in favor to approve the policy resolution. The declaration will soon be released to the public and press, amplifying the impact and visibility of the Toronto meeting to the public writ-large.

  • The SCBNA Policy Committee held an Interactive Session from 8:30am – 10am on Monday July 23 at the conference, where attendees worked together to refine and finalize this policy declaration in real time at the conference.
  • This declaration focuses on the conservation of the monarch butterfly, a species whose conservation depends on actions in all habitats from urban to wild. The monarch butterfly has recently been designated an endangered species in Canada under the Species at Risk Act and is being considered for protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

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.