Wondering what went right this week in the conservation world? We’ve got you covered with our Conservation Optimism Round-Up! Each week we are collating stories of optimism from around the globe so that you never miss your dose of Monday Motivation.

1. Iran’s Protected Areas expand by 635,000 ha

“Iran has expanded its protected area network by 635,000 ha to conserve the full range of ecosystems in the country, including forests, prairies, wetlands, and mountains!. “

2. WCS-India launch new Turtle Conservation Programme

“WCS-India have launched a new Conservation programme dedicated to conserving non-marine turtles, crocodilians & cetaceans starting in 5 field sites across the  Ganges and Brahmaputra river systems”

3. Endangered species bounce back on rat-free Lord Howe Island

“Lord Howe Island’s natural environment is booming following the successful completion of one of the world’s largest rodent eradication programs”

4. Britain’s population of wild cranes on the up with 64 breeding pairs

“Survey shows bird species that vanished from UK in 17th century is making a successful comeback”

5. Meet the Brazilian champions who are restoring trees, overcoming challenges & renewing the landscape

“Five champions revealed to us how they are restoring trees, overcoming challenges and renewing the landscape – along with their lives. They are Brazil’s Faces of Restoration.”

6. Biden wants to triple protected land.

“Conserving 30 percent of land and 30 percent of ocean waters by 2030 would be a big win for the climate and biodiversity.”

7. Bat boxes, ‘greened’ streets and bug hotels: Barcelona embraces its wild side

“The city is now in the process of creating 783,300 sq metres of green open space, including an area around the landmark Sagrada Familia basilica, and 49,000 sq metres of “greened” streets.”

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