A traditional herder from Northern Rangelands Trust community conservancies in northern Kenya.

Working Groups

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Launched in 2013, SNAPP is a first-of-its-kind collaboration that is already impacting how we practice science and conservation. Building upon the demonstrated success of the NCEAS working group model, SNAPP has convened 23 working groups tackling a diversity of global conservation problems.

Inquiries are carried out by Working Group collaborations, which each address a single major question at the frontier of nature conservation, economic development and human well-being.

Working Groups apply for residency. These groups can be made up of scientists, practitioners, policymakers and others who have critical expertise and/or stakes in the answers to these questions.

SNAPP working groups fall under four thematic areas:

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

SNAPP is also helping to pave the way for realizing the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development – to end poverty, protect the environment, and provide prosperity for all people. To be sustainable, conservation and development partners need a big tent — inclusive, flexible, and innovative in their approaches and participants.

With nearly 400 participants, representing 200 institutions from more than 30 countries, SNAPP is providing a space for such engagements and exemplifies the type of applied science that today’s complex problems demand.