One World, Connected through Conservation
76th SWCS International Annual Conference
July 26-28, 2021
The 76th Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) International Annual Conference, held virtually, July 26-28, 2021, provided the opportunity for attendees around the world to share their conservation stories and bring natural resource management solutions from far and wide into their homes and offices. The virtual event format allowed access and inclusivity on a broad scale, and our interactive conference platform provided a robust conference experience with live sessions, Q&A, networking, a virtual exhibit hall, and many other ways to learn, connect, and engage.
This year’s conference theme, “One World, Connected through Conservation,” encompasses the shared resources on which all life depends while recognizing local-level issues and management. No matter the landscape, collective efforts are required to protect and sustain our soil and water resources. While conservation challenges brought on by universal pressures like climate change may produce wide-ranging effects in our respective corners of the globe, there is commonality in the solutions—collaborations that span sectors and disciplines, practices informed by science, cutting-edge technology, a new era of policy, and, at the center of all this, the individuals working tirelessly to protect and improve our natural resources.
Professionals advancing conservation solutions through research and practice in public and private sectors presented their work, including the latest in soil health, water resources, conservation management, climate change adaptation, social science, and more. Workshops, symposia sessions, and posters showcased ideas, technologies, and practices, and foster a dialogue around their adoption. Projects presented included work at the watershed, national, and international scales, emphasizing the global impact of local efforts. Scientists and practitioners applied the virtual skills they have obtained over the last year by taking attendees into the field and lab through live or prerecorded demonstrations and tours. Recognizing that our goals for the world’s natural resources cannot be realized without justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, conservationists will share insights and advice on projects and partnerships that seek diverse participation and take meaningful action toward creating and supporting systems that value and serve people equitably.
In addition to science and practice presentations, the event provided a range of opportunities for personal and professional development. Sessions addressed effective work habits, partnerships, and communication tools, and the conference offered certified education credits (CEUs).