About SCGIS

The Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) is an all-volunteer, U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

Mission, Vision and Values

Mission

To support and grow an inclusive global community using geospatial technology for conservation of biodiversity, natural environments, and cultural heritage.

 

Vision

We envision a sustainable planet fostered by a global conservation GIS community supported through the exchange of scientific knowledge, tools, and best practices.

 

Values

We are:

  • Passionate about protecting Earth’s natural environment;
  • Supportive of integrated conservation efforts that benefit communities, natural capital, and human livelihoods;
  • Respectful, professional, and inclusive;
  • Collaborative;
  • Multicultural, diverse, and global;
  • Supportive of different geospatial tools, software types, and approaches; and
  • Committed to building conservation GIS capacity worldwide.

 

Statement of Inclusion

The Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) values the individuality of people manifested in the diversity of their thoughts, life experiences, perspectives, race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, abilities, and religion (or lack thereof). SCGIS will not tolerate discrimination or harassment in any form. We support the respectful exchange of ideas and resources among our global community to build a vibrant body of knowledge, and we aim to amplify voices that have gone unheard. In addition, we encourage and embrace the use of different technologies, platforms, and problem-solving techniques in an inclusive environment. It is through the mutual respect of a diverse community that we can best achieve our mission to support the use of geospatial technologies for the conservation of natural resources and cultural heritage worldwide.

 

Code of Conduct

All Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) members, including SCGIS Board and Advisory Council members, committee volunteers, and attendees of the SCGIS Annual Conference and other SCGIS events are required to embrace and agree with the following Code of Conduct to ensure a safe environment for everybody.

SCGIS is dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of their thoughts and perspectives, race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, abilities, and religion (or lack thereof).

SCGIS does not tolerate harassment in any form, including at the SCGIS Annual Conference, technical workshops and trainings, board meetings, networking and social events, and on our online social media and email listserv. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments, imagery or symbols related to race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, abilities, religion, or technology choices; sexual language and imagery in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking; non-consensual or unwelcome photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate or unwelcome physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.

Individuals asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Individuals who violate these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from our events or meetings at the discretion of SCGIS leadership. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact SCGIS leadership immediately.

During our SCGIS Annual Conference and other SCGIS events, SCGIS leadership will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.

All members of our community, including members of the SCGIS Board and Advisory Council, our committee volunteers, and attendees of our SCGIS Annual Conference and other SCGIS events are required to follow this policy.

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers. It is public domain and is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license.

 

Annual Reports

Access the 2019-2020 Annual Report: PDF version

Access the 2018-2019 Annual Report: PDF version and Membership Meeting Summary.

Access the 2017-2018 Annual Report: PDF version and Story Map version.

Access the 2016-2017 Annual Report: PDF version and Story Map version.

 

Board of Directors

Meet the SCGIS Board of Directors.

 

Committees

Learn about the SCGIS committees and volunteers who make SCGIS run.

 

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