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SCB's Strategic Policy Priorities

The Society for Conservation Biology's Board of Governors evaluates and sets priority areas of work for the SCB policy program. The following are the five current priorities for the policy program:

Climate Change – Climate change is already affecting biodiversity around the world and is anticipated to threaten countless species with extinction in the years to come. SCB promotes policies at the state, federal, and international levels to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses, mitigate the future impacts of climate change, and ensure that biological diversity is conserved as we adapt to climate change. Learn more.

Scientific Integrity - Many domestic and international environmental laws contain legal mandates that require that the best available science inform and drive policies regarding the protection of the environment, including biological diversity. SCB monitors the actions of the U.S. Government, and where capacity exists, other governments around the world to ensure that the best available science regarding the conservation of biodiversity is the primary basis for conservation policies and is not subverted by improper pressures. Learn more.

Treaties – Many international agreements have significant effects on biodiversity. Conservation agreements can empower scientists to enforce effective conservation policies. SCB works to strengthen key international treaties including the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on Migratory Species, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, and the recently established Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Learn more.

Biological Security – A nation's security is often undermined by poorly controlled trade and the introduction of invasive species. Proper practices can prevent both threats. SCB works to promote policies that control the transport and importation of invasive species and the illegal or unsustainable trade in plant and animal species. Learn more.

Green Investing – "Green" certification within an industry or an investment approach does not necessarily ensure that biodiveristy is considered or protected. By helping to leverage the investments of responsible corporations, investors, and consumers, we can reduce our environmental footprint and improve biodiversity policies and practices. Learn more.