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Sept. 24, 2013

NCEAS Launches New Initiative Linking Nature and People

Frank Davis

Santa Barbara — UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) has joined with the Nature Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Society to form Science for Nature and People (SNAP), an initiative aimed at addressing modern conservation and economic development in ways that will benefit humankind, especially the planet's poorest and most marginalized citizens.

The first working group of SNAP, which meets this week in Santa Barbara, will focus on a project titled "Western Amazonia: Balancing Infrastructure Development and Conservation of Waters, Wetlands and Fisheries."

The working group also includes international experts from Brazil's National Institute of Amazonian Research, the National University of the Peruvian Amazon, the United Nations Development Program, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.

SNAP will leverage the highly productive synthesis research model first established by NCEAS.

"Over the course of this week, the group will begin tackling the challenging issue of how to model and balance the competing demands for resources in the Western Amazon," said Bren professor Frank Davis, NCEAS director and a member of SNAP's governing board.

Read the article in Noozhawk.