SNAPP TEAM:Evidence-based Conservation
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How can science strengthen evidence-informed policy and practice in conservation affecting human well-being?

Human well-being impacts of conservation are a new research frontier; our evidence map helps organizations make science-based decisions for people and nature.

Understanding and improving the human dimensions of conservation means knowing: which interventions have been effective at meeting social and environmental objectives? What evidence is available to support decisions? How and when do changes in human well-being occur from conservation actions, under what conditions, and to which populations? This group uses systematic mapping to assess the current state of evidence and pilot its use in both the World Bank’s PROFOR program and a multi-organization conservation initiative.

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This team created Colandr in partnership with Conservation International and DataKind. Colandr is an open-access machine learning tool that speeds up the review of scientific data and studies, and allows conservation practitioners and policymakers to quickly mine research for key insights to inform their decision making. To learn more about the tool and the Colandr community, see:

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Evidence for nature and people data portal Interactive online tool
How can socially equitable conservation interventions improve human well-being? A systematic review protocol
(Environmental Evidence)
Peer-reviewed paper
International Impact Initiative (3ie): Land use change and forestry impacts SNAPP spinoff initiative
Sustainability: Map the evidence
Peer-reviewed paper
What are the effects of nature conservation on human well-being?
(Environmental Evidence)
Peer-reviewed paper
What don’t we know about conservation & human well-being?
(Cool Green Science)
What don’t we know about conservation & human well-being?
(Cool Green Science)
Team Leaders
Madeleine McKinnon
Vulcan (formerly Conservation International)
David Wilkie
Wildlife Conservation Society
Team Members
Alison Bethel
University of Exeter
Andrew Pullin
University of Bangor
Bill Sutherland
University of Cambridge
Caitlin Augustin
DataKind and Kaplan
Daniel Miller
University of Illinois
David Gill
Conservation International
Dilys Roe
International Institute of Environmental and Development (IIED)
Eliot Levine
Mercy Corps
Emily Woodhouse
University College London
Louise Glew
World Wildlife Fund
Maggie Holland
University of Maryland
Ruth Garside
University of Exeter
Samantha Cheng
Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Arizona State University
Sofia Ahlroth
The World Bank
Supin Wongbusarakum
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Yuta Masuda
The Nature Conservancy