SNAPP TEAM:Assessing Biocultural Indicators
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How can we use resilience indicators, defined through a biocultural approach, to learn how Pacific communities will cope with future change and to identify specific interventions to improve nature and human wellbeing?

Pacific Island communities face unprecedented challenges in conserving natural resources and maintaining human wellbeing. In these place-based communities, the integrated social, economic, cultural and environmental connections between people and nature are believed to play a critical role in maintaining resilience. Our team emphasizes the need for a biocultural approach to define locally-appropriate indicators of resilience to ensure that management interventions positively impact ecosystems and human wellbeing.

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Team Critical Challenge

Conservation can succeed when the ideal future is envisioned and carried out together with local communities, governments and development programs.

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Tradition and conservation worldviews collide in Melanesia
(Pacific Conservation Biology)
Peer-reviewed paper
Team Leaders
Eleanor Sterling
American Museum of Natural History
Manuel Mejia
The Nature Conservancy
Stacy Jupiter
Wildlife Conservation Society
Tamara Ticktin
University of Hawaiʻi
Team Members
Alan Friedlander
National Geographic Society
Chris Filardi
Conservation International
Joachim Claudet
French National Center for Scientific Research
Joe McCarter
American Museum of Natural History
Lihla Noori
Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance
Lisa Mandle
Stanford University
Natalie Kurashima
University of Hawaiʻi
Pua'ala Pascua
University of Hawaiʻi
Rachel Dacks
University of Hawaiʻi
Ron Vave
University of Hawaiʻi
Simon Albert
University of Queensland
Steven Gray
University of Michigan
Supin Wongbusarakum
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)