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

1. Responding to ecological imbalance: Tokugha’s journey in conservation

Partnering with an NGO Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), he led the formation of the Nanga Greener Zone (NGZ) and the Nagaland Community Conserved Areas Forum (NCCAF), for community-based conservation which now has 23 members in Nagaland comprising 99 villages.

2. Eastern quolls return to regional Victoria after work by Odonata Foundation

” Seven eastern quolls have been released in western Victoria, marking a long-awaited return for the species feared lost to extinction in mainland Australia.”

3. Rare singing, emerald green and iridescent blue hummingbird unexpectedly rediscovered in Colombia

“An experienced local birdwatcher in Colombia rediscovered the Santa Marta Sabrewing Campylopterus phainopeplus, a relatively large hummingbird only found in the country’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains. It’s only the second time the species has had a documented sighting since it was first collected in 1946.”

4. Making a comeback: rewilding in Europe gets a £4m funding boost

” A European environmental organisation is looking to expand its number of rewilding landscapes – areas where endangered wildlife is reintroduced and protected – after being awarded a grant of £4.1m.”

5. Cuba boasts new protected areas in its geography

” Nearly 19 % of the national territory’s surface is occupied by the 144 new protected areas officially declared by the Council of Ministers. These also represent 22.76 % of the inland waters of the insular platform and 15.96 % of the land, according to the National Center for Protected Areas (CNAP) of the Environment Agency.”

6. Little strips of prairie can go a long way

” New research out of MSU shows that it is possible to manage farmland to address two challenges simultaneously – protecting biodiversity and maintaining ecosystem services. The key is to strategically place native perennial vegetation within agricultural systems, using the innovative practice of prairie strips

7. In much of Asia, tiger populations are rebounding

” Across Asia, there are as many as 5,500 tigers prowling jungles and swamps, a leading wildlife group said last week, a 40 percent jump from its 2015 assessment.”

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