Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)

Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)

The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is an international professional organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. The Society`s membership comprises a wide range of people interested in the conservation and study of biological diversity: resource managers, educators, government and private conservation workers, and students make up the more than 10,000 members world-wide.

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The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to facilitating, promoting, and advancing the scientific study and conservation of biological diversity. While our historical roots were founded in the field of biology, we recognize that conservation in today’s complex world requires a globalized approach that maximizes collaboration amongst professionals from all fields.  With more than 4,000 members worldwide, professionals, students, organizations, and supporters collaborate together in a way that transcends borders to advance the SCB vision and mission.


The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) envisions a world where people understand, value, and conserve the diversity of life on Earth. We envision SCB, a globally diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of professionals, students, organizations, and supporters, as a leading voice for the scientific study and conservation of Earth's biological diversity.


The Society for Conservation Biology advances the science and practice of conserving Earth's biological diversity.

Organizational Values

The Society for Conservation Biology holds these values:

  • There is intrinsic value in the natural diversity of organisms, the complexity of ecological systems, and the resilience created by evolutionary processes.
  • Human-caused extinctions and the destruction and loss of function of natural ecosystems are unacceptable.
  • Maintaining and restoring biological diversity are individual and collective responsibilities of humans.
  • Science is critical for understanding how the natural world operates and how human actions affect nature.
  • Collaboration among scientists, academics, practitioners, managers, educators, communicators, and policy-makers is vital to incorporate high-quality science into policies and management decisions affecting biological diversity.
  • We recognize the importance of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community in addressing the worlds’ global challenges to maintaining biological diversity.

In service to the mission, vision, and values, we focus on these five strategic priorities:

  1. Facilitate the creation and dissemination of conservation science.
  2. Advance the application of conservation science to management, policy and education.
  3. Empower Sections, Committees, Working Groups & Chapters to build local, national & international capacity.
  4. Build organizational capacity to maintain robust & sustainable economic & business models.
  5. Enhance services to meet current & potential member needs.

Five Year Strategic Plan for the Society for Conservation Biology: 2016-2020


The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is a global membership community of thousands of professional conservation scientists and practitioners. Founded in 1985, SCB’s membership and the breadth of its activities have grown with each decade. The journal Conservation Biology was founded in 1987; Conservation Letters launched in 2008. SCB’s Executive Office was established in Washington, D.C. in 2001. Since 2003, the establishment of sections and topical working groups has fostered SCB’s involvement with regional matters and enhanced SCB’s visibility around the world. Global and section-level meetings reunite longtime members and attract numerous young conservation professionals to SCB, prompting the initiation of new chapters in many countries.

With this 2016-2020 strategic plan SCB provides a high-level view of our common vision for the organization, reflecting our past challenges and successes, and our ongoing development as a leading global conservation science institution. SCB’s executive office, committees, sections, working groups, and chapters develop their workplans for implementing programs and activities focused on prioritized objectives aligned with the strategic areas and goals summarized in this brief outline document. These implementation workplans guide our global and regional development of programs and services valuable to our diverse body of conservation scientists and practitioners. Implementing our strategic priorities maximizes our conservation impact while enhancing our financial stability and organizational growth.  We welcome member input to this open and transparent process. 

The SCB Executive Office facilitates our strategic implementation of this plan through the coordinated work of our committees, sections, chapters, and working groups, leveraging the strengths of each of these organizational structures. SCB’s fiscally responsible implementation approach is explicitly coordinated with our business plan. Achieving the goals identified in this SCB Strategic Plan through implementation of priority objectives will strengthen the application of conservation science, furthering our mission to advance both the science and the practice of conserving the Earth’s biological diversity.