Initiatives and programs that are driven by the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
The Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) is a regional collaboration of natural resource and science agencies, conservation organizations, and private interests developed to strengthen the management and conservation of aquatic resources in the southeastern United States. SEAFWA's Southeastern Aquatic Resources Partnership Steering Committee is responsible for providing guidance and direction for the SARP program.
Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) is a regional conservation initiative that spans the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean. SECAS was started in 2011 by the states of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies and the federal agencies of the Southeast Natural Resource Leaders Group. SECAS emerged as a response to the unprecedented challenges facing our natural and cultural resources, like urban growth and climate change. We see these challenges as an opportunity to coordinate conservation action and investment around a shared strategy.
The Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) was founded in 1957 by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to determine the cause of widespread die-offs of white-tailed deer. An agreement with the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine led to a headquarters and support facilities in Athens, GA, where SCWDS became the first diagnostic and research service to be established for the specific purpose of investigating wildlife diseases.
SCWDS objectives are to:
- detect causes of sickness and death in wildlife
- define the impact of diseases and parasites upon wild animal populations
- delineate disease interrelationships between wildlife and domestic livestock
- determine the role of wildlife in transmission of human diseases