The SNAPP Team Approach

The world’s biggest conservation and development challenges demand innovative solutions. But individual experts in these fields are busy and often very specialized; they rarely have the ability or the incentive to tackle a multi-dimensional challenge related to both conservation and development. The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) solves this problem.

SNAPP selects its multi-disciplinary teams through a rigorous proposal process, and then provides them with funding, neutral meeting spaces, and comprehensive travel, computational and logistical support. These tangible incentives are the “enabling conditions” that allow a team of experts from a diversity of disciplines to convene around a specific global challenge at the intersection of conservation and human well-being.

SNAPP teams thus gain the time and space to 1) rapidly synthesize existing knowledge about a problem, and 2) deliver evidence-based, scalable solutions. These solutions (like policy recommendations and decision tools) can then be quickly adopted by governments, international business, and global NGOs, because high-level decision makers are embedded within SNAPP teams from the start.

Through this approach, SNAPP works to establish a world in which protecting and promoting nature works in concert with sustainable development and improving human well-being. Some examples of SNAPP successes can be explored via this “Story Map.”


SNAPP has engaged more than 300 institutions and 600 experts from over 40 countries in 33 teams of scientists and stakeholders since 2013. A SNAPP team is a multi-disciplinary group of experts representing a broad suite of sectors, institutions, and specialties who would not otherwise convene around a targeted, complex challenge.

SNAPP Solutions

Our work is solution-driven — whether we are influencing policy change, sharing our research in popular magazines, introducing new decision-making tools, or providing guidance documents to the conservation and development communities.

How To Apply

Interested in developing rapid, innovative and collaborative solutions at the intersection of science, nature, and people? Here is how you can get involved in SNAPP projects.