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Everyone's Prosperity Relies on Nature

A young woman picking tea leaves on a tea plantation in the Upper Tana Watershed, Kenya.
Tea leaf picking in Kenya A young woman picking tea leaves on a tea plantation in the Upper Tana Watershed, Kenya. © Nick Hall

SNAPP Partnership

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The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) was launched in 2013 to solve a problem: if the Conservancy and other organizations were going to persuade people – businesses and governments especially – to make big investments in nature to improve human well-being, it needed to provide hard data on what the return on those investments would or wouldn’t be.

But delivering that kind of science and evidence is an expensive, complex challenge and one no organization could accomplish alone – the Conservancy certainly couldn’t afford to keep that much science, policy and data management expertise on staff.

Enter SNAPP, a first-of-its-kind scientific joint venture between the Conservancy, The Wildlife Conservation Society, and the University of California at Santa Barbara’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.

Since inception, SNAPP, through its working groups, has provided science and user-friendly tools backed by hard data to identify and quantify nature’s role and value in preventing, and solving some of the most complex challenges the world faces around food and water security, climate change, and energy.