In the Beginning


The first dedicated conservation track occurred at the Esri User Conference. An open meeting was held for a "Conservation Users Special Interest Group" that captured a nucleus of conservation GIS practitioners.


Conservation GIS Consortium was created that helped to gather a network for practitioners to share and network.


The Conservation GIS Alliance was created to formalize the growing group. The first formal conservation GIS meeting occurred at the James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve in Riverside County, California.


The group continued to attract an international following and the first international group was established in Kenya.

collage of four images showing groups of people involved during the early days


The Society for Conservation GIS Was Born


The Society for Conservation GIS was officially created and incorporated as a non-profit. This year's meeting is the first to include paper presentations on conservation science and GIS methods. Esri provided an endowment to support the growing organization.


The first SCGIS Domestic Chapter was established in Washington, DC.


SCGIS continued to expand internationally. A capacity building partnership supported by Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation led to growth of many new international chapters.


SCGIS expanded collaboration with other organizations and became partners in a collaborative SCGIS, Esri, and Society for Conservation Biology International Conservation Mapping Contest.


SCGIS developed an International Train the Trainer Program that prepares trainers from all corners of the globe with materials and capacity to provide conservation GIS training in their regions.


The first SCGIS symposium was held in Washington, DC.

collage of three images featuring some of the SCGIS scholars


SCGIS Today and into the Future


SCGIS continues to seek and find new ways to support and grow a worldwide community at the nexus of conservation and technology.

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