What is the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)? SCB is largest international professional Society dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of conserving biodiversity. The Society is comprised of seven regional Sections, dozens of local Chapters, and several topical Working Groups. SCB publishes the scientific journals Conservation Biology and Conservation letters and hosts the world’s largest meeting for conservation biology: The International Congress for Conservation Biology, which will be held this year in Colombia July 2017. (www.ConBio.org)
- What is a SCB Chapter? In a nutshell, chapters are the local form of organization for SCB activities and are comprised of conservation students and professionals. They can be based on a campus (e.g. the Berkeley Chapter), a city (the Washington, DC Chapter), a state ( the Hawaii Chapter) or even a whole country (the Bolivia Chapter).
Chapters are 'the boots on the ground' for the organization and often the face of SCB in the community.
- What are the Benefits of joining a Chapter?
Joining a chapter can be a great way to bring conservationists together on a regular basis.
If you actively participate in a chapter you are guaranteed to benefit professionally by participating in projects/events, attending conferences, and forming relationships with other conservationists.
You will benefit from working in policy, science communications working with media outlets and being a part of a work force for conservation projects.
Being a member of a professional organization can improve your career when you take advantage of the giant networks, career training and benefits such as continuing education and grant opportunities.
For young professionals and students, membership affiliation can improve your resume and help you stand out amongst your peers.
SCB provides grant and funding opportunities, advice and expertise for chapter activities and events as well as connecting chapter members with conservation leaders from other chapters around the world.
- What issues does the Hawaii Chapter engage in? Hawaii has a large conservation community, with a great mix of students and professionals. The Chapter looks to engage and collaborate with city, state, and federal agencies; state, national and international conservation NGOs, universities, and local and indigenous communities. We work on a variety of conservation issues from sustainability, development and tourism to cultural traditions and conservation, restoration, urban conservation, wetlands conservation, fisheries and marine conservation, natural resources management, forestry, invasive species, community education, and much more.
Hawaii sits in a unique position to collaborate with multiple global regions and it a part of both the North America and Oceania SCB sections.
- More on SCB Chapters:
SCB members can engage in: -Local Conservation Work -Policy -Educational Opportunities -Public Outreach -Networking -Professional Trainings -Conferences -Funding Opportunities -Connecting w/ International Communities
Chapters provide a fun and easy way for SCB members to become involved in conservation activities at the local level. By joining a nearby Chapter, SCB members can engage in on-the-ground conservation work, public policy, education from grade school to college, public outreach, and many other important and fun activities. Chapters also provide support and networking for SCB's many members who are scattered across the globe.
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