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Society for Conservation GIS

A global community using geospatial technology for conservation.

The Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) is an all-volunteer, U.S. based 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are an organization committed to advancing conservation GIS globally by building and supporting a vibrant community of conservation GIS practitioners.

SCGIS Overview for Outreach


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


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


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.
  • Committed to building conservation GIS capacity worldwide.

Statement of Inclusion

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. We value individuality manifested through diverse life experiences, perspectives, races, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, abilities, and religion (or lack thereof). In addition, we encourage and embrace the use of different technologies, platforms, and problem-solving techniques in an inclusive environment.

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 code of conduct to ensure a safe environment for everybody.