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What is the Science for Nature and People Partnership?

Launched in 2013, as a partnership of The Nature Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at University of California, Santa Barbara, SNAPP is a first-of-its-kind collaboration that delivers evidence-based, scalable solutions to global challenges at the intersection of nature conservation, sustainable development, and human well-being.


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SNAPP: Because Everyone’s Prosperity Relies on Nature

How can protecting nature help secure food, energy and water — and enhance the quality of life — for 10 billion people? Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) is taking on this key question for the planet. We intend to uncover approaches that will benefit humankind, especially the planet’s poorest and most marginalized citizens.

One of the most important benefits of SNAPP is that its reach goes beyond what any single organization could achieve alone. With more than 400 experts from over 200 institutions worldwide engaged in SNAPP working groups and dedicating untold hours to these efforts, we are leveraging an enormous amount of scientific capacity.

And this broad diversity of participants is helping ensure implementation of key findings, guidance and new tools for conservation and sustainable development across sectors.

Understand Our Vision

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Our Vision

A Quick, Clear Pathway to Impact


SNAPP is structured to deliver rapid results that will make a real-world difference:

  • We gather specialists from a broad range of specialties — ecology to engineering, multilaterals to local governmental agencies, conservation practitioners to humanitarian field staff — to collaborate and produce knowledge that is science-based and practical, on big-picture inquiries such as where natural habitats can defend coastal communities from the effects of storms.
  • Our working groups include not just scientists but policymakers, funders and field practitioners — to ensure that our findings are of maximum utility.
  • And from the start we’ll include key institutions ready to use the knowledge, strategies and tools we produce.

That’s why SNAPP’s findings will lead to better policies, more effective field practices, and durable economies that value nature’s services and secure the livelihoods of families at risk.


Review our Founding Inquiries

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Founding Inquiries

‘Wicked’ Problems at the Nexus of Nature, Development & Human Well-Being

SNAPP’s Working Groups are tackling high-profile problems whose solutions could have maximum benefit for nature and people and where the sought-after solution has a clear pathway to implementation.

SNAPP working groups fall under four thematic areas:

  • Food Security & Nature
  • Water Security & Nature
  • Community Resilience & Climate Change
  • Ecosystem Services & Biodiversity Benefits

By supporting science-based solutions — solutions co-developed by the very stakeholders who have the expertise, influence and ability to apply working group outcomes around the world — SNAPP creates the springboard to help both people and nature prosper.

Calls for additional Working Group proposals directed toward addressing other major questions at the at the intersection of nature conservation, economic development, and human well-being are made annually.

Learn more about all of SNAPP’s Working Groups.

See the Partners and Funders

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Partners and Funders

Scientific Heft and Worldwide Reach

Beyond the $4.5 million investment we have committed to working groups, SNAPP has received more than $1.2 million in additional research funds and collectively the SNAPP working group members have raised more than $3 million to expand the scope of their SNAPP research or fund the implementation of their results.

Our Keystone Partners

SNAPP’s member organizations have thousands of staff members in more than 65 countries, providing the capacity to actively test strategies that conserve nature and benefit people. And these organizations have a proven track record of assembling multidisciplinary teams to find answers to the world’s most pressing challenges.

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy works in more than 30 countries, including all 50 states of the United States. The Conservancy has over one million members, and has protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. The Nature Conservancy also operates more than 100 marine conservation projects globally.
Learn more about The Nature Conservancy


Established in 1995, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) is a research center of the University of California, Santa Barbara and was the first national synthesis center of its kind. NCEAS fosters collaborative synthesis research – assembling interdisciplinary teams to distill existing data, ideas, theories, or methods drawn from many sources, across multiple fields of inquiry, to accelerate the generation of new scientific knowledge at a broad scale.
Learn more about NCEAS

Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society, founded in 1895, has the clear mission to save wildlife and wild places across the globe. Our story began in the early 1900’s when we successfully helped the American bison recover on the Western Plains. Today, we protect many of the world’s iconic creatures here and abroad, including gorillas in the Congo, tigers in India, wolverines in the Yellowstone Rockies, and ocean giants in our world’s amazing seascapes.
Learn more about the Wildlife Conservation Society

Our Generous Supporters

SNAPP has been generously supported by Shirley and Harry Hagey, Steve and Roberta Denning, Angela Nomellini and Ken Olivier, Seth Neiman, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the blue moon fund.


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