Society for Conservation Biology

A global community of conservation professionals

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About Us

The SSWG is a global community of conservation professionals interested in the application of social science to the conservation of biological diversity.

Since our establishment in 2003, SSWG membership has grown to include 1300 members in 70 countries. The SSWG is home to a diverse array of social scientists, natural scientists, and conservation practitioners. An elected Board and nine Committees coordinate SSWG activities.

Bylaws govern all SSWG activities.

In 2008, in recognition of the SSWG's fifth anniversary, the SSWG Board initiated development of a new strategic plan.  As part of this process, the Board commissioned a program review and a formative assessment. These two studies, together with feedback from SCB members and Executive Office, were the foundation for the 2009-2014 SSWG Strategic Plan.

Each year, the SSWG Board and the Committees develop detailed work plans to guide project development and implementation. We also produce annual reports to communicate our activities and accomplishments. In 2010, we reformatted and named these Board of Governors Reports.