Services for Our Members
SCB's North America Policy Program is always working to create value for our members by improving the availability, delivery, and diversity of services that we offer. Here are just a few of the ways we achieve this goal:
- We strive to be easy to contact and ready with assistance when our members have policy questions or concerns.
- We do our best to keep members up to date on the latest policy news and upcoming policy-related events.
- We warmly invite members to engage in the policy process either through SCB or independently, and can provide resources that demystify the process of engaging in policy for conservation biologists.
- We've recently increased our outreach and communication efforts through our North America Policy Program Newsletter, regional policy workshops, monthly webinars, and our Twitter account.
- We are continually working on growing our clearinghouse of policy resources related to our three key focus areas.
Monthly Policy Webinars
In October of 2014, the NAPP began a monthly series of Policy Webinars. The first one, conducted by Kristen Carden of Earthjustice, covered such topics as: How scientists can become engaged in policy- making through all three levels of government; making law through the courts; and how scientists can engage in these processes effectively. The second one by Marit Wilkerson, a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, focused on how SCB chapters engage in policy. Dr. Rob Griffin of the Natural Capital Project discussed the process of valuing ecosystem services and its implications for marine spatial planning. Additional speakers will discuss topics ranging from: wildlife and adaptation planning in Florida; the Department of Interior’s approach to adaptation planning; and using visual media to successfully communicate science and conservation messages. You can link to archived presentations of past webinars below.
(When attempting to view WebEx presentations, you may be prompted to download a special viewer. This is a completely safe and secure application and you should only be required to download it once. It takes one to two minutes. Simply follow the on-screen prompts to download the viewer; when you finish you should be redirected to the WebEx presentation you were attempting to view.)
|Thursday, October 9, 2014. Where the Wild Thing Are... In Court. By Kristen Carden. (The first 6 minutes of audio are unavailable unfortunately.)|
|Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Bottom Up Policy. By Dr. Marit Wilkerson. (Powerpoint Presentation Only. Audio not available unfortunately.)|
|Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Recovery Under the ESA: What's the Point? By Brett Hartl.|
|Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Ecosystem Services Values in Marine System. By Dr. Rob Griffin.|
|Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The Sea Around Us: Strategies for Ocean Climate Adaptation. By Bob Glazer.|
Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Visual Communication as a Conservation Tool. By Adam Spencer.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015. Building Common Ground for Conservation Using SCB's Chapter Framework. By Cait Williamson.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015. Science Can Drive Policy: The Untold Story of the Microbead Victory. By Dr. Chelsea Rochman.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016. GIStorytelling: How Story Maps can harness the power of maps and geography to promote conservation. By Dr. Ryan Valdez
Regional Policy Workshops
September 17, 2015 - SCB teamed up with the Southwest Climate Science Center, Northern Arizona University, and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to put on our second climate change adaptation workshop, "Promoting Effective Engagement in Climate Change Adaptation Science and On-the-Ground Action" in Tucson, AZ. This workshop facilitated collaboration between SCB scientists, state, federal, and local government practitioners, and managers and key representatives from NGOs, in order to share expertise, strengthen regional networks, and enhance learning about recent state and federal initiatives.
June 3, 2015 - SCB and the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group put together a climate change adaptation workshop, "Promoting Effective Engagement between Science and Practice," in Seattle, WA, to foster collaboration between scientists and practitioners, provide a platform for academics to share their research on climate adaptation, educate students and post-docs in the science, and promote engagement of SCB members in adaptation efforts in their regions.