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A message from the SCB President

James Watson, President of the SCB Board

Dear Members of the Society for Conservation Biology,

2015 was a huge year for the Society. We held the largest International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) in our history occurring in Montpellier, France (thanks to incredible leadership from the Europe Section) and undertook a significant governance re-structure of our board (and the growing pains associated with this) on top of all the myriad of activities occurring in sections, working groups and committees.

SCB is thriving. Our finances are in good stead, our conservation journals are excelling, and on the back of very successful ICCBs and section conferences we have five exciting section conferences this year. We are increasingly engaging in national, regional and global conservation policy settings. The level of chapter engagement is also increasing globally (we've added two new Chapters in January and more are in the formation stages) and we have made great strides on issues around diversity.

We initiated several very different, smart new initiatives emerging in 2015 from the sections and committees, like the start of the Marine Section Small Grants Program, the Assisi Award for Faith-based Conservation and the new, and the renewed positive relationship (in terms of both revenue and science) between Pacific Conservation Biology and the Oceania Section.

The Executive Office, lead by interim Executive Director Heather DeCaluwe, has worked extremely hard to support SCB in all our endeavors and I am grateful for her and her team's work ethic and passion for the Society.

We have an exciting year ahead in 2016 – arguably dealing with some of the biggest issues and opportunities the Society has had to face, from section autonomy (which is a positive step for some sections as it will lead to greater revenue raising and policy impact), to the linking of the global office and sections, committee and working group implementation plans.

I really look forward to working with the membership this year and I would love to hear from you. 

Thank you for your membership and dedication to SCB!

James Watson, PhD
President of the Society for Conservation Biology