The other evening while cooking dinner, my ears perked up hearing a story on tiger poaching come on the radio. You have no doubt heard similar stories, about how wildlife continues to be poached at an alarming rate, and so you can probably relate to my initial reaction: of disturbance, even despair. But can an issue as complex as tiger conservation really be told in a 60-second soundbite? In this story, poaching was reduced to a single-issue challenge. Missing was any mention of the importance of wildlife corridors – habitats that connect national parks – in both maintaining tiger populations and in reducing poaching. Even more glaring was any acknowledgment of the people who have to live alongside tigers – the people who are trying to make a living and care for families, while at the same time sharing their space with large predators. No, tiger conservation will not be solved with soundbites – and the same is true for many of the biggest conservation challenges facing our planet.That is where the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) comes in. SNAPP convenes working groups of scientists from environmental and human development non-profits, academia and governmental agencies to address big issues for conservation – for nature and people.
You have heard the cliché that great minds think alike. At SNAPP, our model is that great minds think together. Together, working groups focus on cutting-edge science, producing not just great research, but results, products, and solutions that make a tangible difference on the ground and in the water. People are not removed as a part of conservation — they are part of the solution, and the solution benefits them.
I am pleased that a SNAPP working group focused on connectivity for Indian wildlife has recently convened with expertise in hydrology, landscape ecology, mining, transportation, economics,
India’s legal framework and more. The results of this working group may not be able to be told in a 60-second story, but their findings could leave you with hope and optimism instead of despair.
This e-newsletter is my new way of sharing some of these stories with you. It will feature highlights of SNAPP working groups and stories on SNAPP solutions for science. I hope it encourages conversation.
Do you have ideas you would like to see covered in a future newsletter? Do you wish to feature highlights in a different format? Please let me know.
In the meantime, I hope you are inspired by the results made possible by SNAPP around the globe.
Yours in Conservation,
Executive Director, SNAPP
SNAPP in the News
Dive deep with these stories about SNAPP working groups and the results they’ve made possible.
Steering a New Course for Kenya’s Fisheries: Another inspiring story from the Data-Limited Fisheries working group
Restoring Fisheries, Scoring a Net Gain (Wall Street Journal): Creating incentives for businessmen to think like conservationists is reviving dwindling fish populations in the U.S.
Tiger Got Your Goat? Here’s Who To Call (National Geographic): Here’s the kind of story we want to read on tiger conservation, based on our working group principle investigator’s efforts to improve compensation to people who face losses from wildlife.
Joint Declaration Signed to Undertake Amazon Waters Initiative (Smithsonian): Through unprecedented effort to collect and synthesize data for the entire Amazon basin, the Amazon Waters Working Group has provided the evidence necessary to drive this international agreement calling for cooperation to sustainably manage this vast water resource for the benefit of people and nature.