Dear Friend of SNAPP,
Queen Conch dominated the culture of the island of Middle Caicos in the Bahama Archipelago, where I conducted my dissertation field research over 15 years ago. After a full day of teaching or running a health clinic, tourist operation or farm, my neighbors would take to small boats, conch fishing in the evening cool.
Now these conch populations are in trouble, and I am grateful that science products from SNAPP were forward-looking and poised to place solutions in the hands of the people who need them most.
With our new SNAPP projects launching this year, I am inspired by the diversity of people catalyzed to quickly bring together information, break down silos and forge new “collaborations of the willing” around conservation and human well-being conundrums from fisheries to hydropower to shearing the wild cousins of alpaca.
Please join me in appreciation of the achievements of SNAPP teams in 2019 and the launch of five new teams conducting rapid, innovative, solution-driven and high-impact science in the coming year.
Yours in science for a better world,
Jensen Reitz Montambault, PhD.
Director, Science for Nature and People Partnership