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 2020 Policy Declaration

The below policy declaration, Advance Ecological Connectivity Implementation in the Rocky Mountains and North America was presented to the membership of the North America Section of SCB and offered for a vote during the 2020 SCBNA Members Meeting, held Wednesday July 29 at the North American Congress for Conservation Biology. Per the SCBNA bylaws, a majority of the membership constituting at least 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 NACCB 2020 meeting to the public writ-large.

  • The SCBNA Policy Committee held an Interactive Session from  Tuesday July 28 at the conference, where attendees worked together to refine and finalize this policy declaration in real time.
  • This Resolution aligns well with this year’s theme – Crossing Boundaries – Innovative Approaches to Conservation, and seeks to;
    1. Promote a coherent approach to identify and conserve ecological connectivity at all scales across North America in accordance with the new International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) “Guidelines for Conserving Connectivity through Ecological Networks and Corridors.”
    2. Call for action at the U.S. Federal level to invest in and advance implementation of wildlife corridors [through the INVEST in America Act in the U.S. Senate, or the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2020]
    3. Encourages action by SCBNA members, North American conservation practitioners, and interested citizens to coordinate action and share knowledge to increase ecological connectivity implementation from local to international scales.
    Read below the final policy declaration –

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.