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. The return of the wolf in Europe
“Thanks to increased conservation efforts, wolf numbers are recovering—there are now around 12,000 individuals across the European continent—which is important to help restore natural processes that keep prey species like deer and wild boars at healthy numbers.”
Eurasian #Wolf #recovery across #Europe is an incredible story, from nearly extinct in the 20th century to over 12,000 individuals today!#wolves #rewilding #carnivores #predators #nature #wildlife #conservationoptimism #conservation #LetNatureThrivehttps://t.co/sD5rNenw0H— Global Conservation Solutions (@_GCS_) October 10, 2021
2. Kerala government abandons controversial Athirappilly hydroelectric project amid widespread protests
“The decision came amid mounting opposition from environmentalists and tribal organisations against the construction in the biodiverse and state’s only riverine forest.”
The best news in a long while: #Athirappilly dam scrapped. A day to recall Dr Latha Anantha (1966-2017), founder-director of the River Research Centre who lived and fought for rivers alongside local communities to save this and other rivers for years. 1/n https://t.co/8RtKrOcO7Q— T. R. Shankar Raman (@mizoraman) October 9, 2021
3. Access to a healthy environment, declared a human right by UN rights council
“In resolution 48/13, the Council called on States around the world to work together, and with other partners, to implement this newly recognised right. The text, proposed by Costa Rica, the Maldives, Morocco, Slovenia and Switzerland, was passed with 43 votes in favour and 4 abstentions – from Russia, India, China and Japan.”
👏🏼🎉 Amazing news! The right to a clean and healthy environment now recognised as a human right. 🌎🌱 #ConservationOptimism https://t.co/5eBgId0miu— Danielle Shaw (@DanielleShaw92) October 8, 2021
4. A bridge of trees reunites gibbons separated by a railway line in India
“ In 2006, conservationists, the local forest department and communities began planting thousands of trees along the tracks in an effort to create a natural canopy bridge. The tree-planting effort finally bore fruit in 2019, when the first gibbons were observed crossing over the tracks.“
For the #hoolockgibbons of India’s Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, a rail line bisecting the forest has for decades proved an impassable barrier. Now a natural canopy bridge reunites them. https://t.co/q0LJ0Cj3SH #biodiversity #conservationoptimism— InternetOfElephants (@ioelephants) October 7, 2021
5. Bearded Vultures in the Alps break their record once again, producing the highest-ever known number of fledglings
“In this year’s breeding season, 61 territories have been reported to the IBM-network, with 53 chicks hatching. This year, a record number of 44 fledglings took off for their first flight, 7 more fledglings than in 2020. Switzerland alone welcomed almost half (21) of these fledglings!”
It's been another record-breaking breeding season for Bearded #Vultures after their reintroduction to the #Alps, with 44 chicks successfully fledged!#rewilding #birds #nature #wildlife #biodiversity #conservationoptimism #conservation #LetNatureThrivehttps://t.co/k2E8XcD5wX— Global Conservation Solutions (@_GCS_) October 5, 2021
6. Boost for UK’s rarest lizard as over 140 are released back into the wild
“A group of the UK’s rarest lizard – the sand lizard – have been released back into the wild in Dorset. Over 140 of these endangered species, bred at several locations including Marwell Zoo and Forestry England’s New Forest Reptile Centre, were released in a partnership project led by Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) to return these species from near extinction.
#Conservation efforts are boosting the #UK's rarest lizard - the Sand Lizard, with 140 released in #Dorset to reestablish a #wild pop'n!#lizards #reptiles #rewilding #UK #dorset #nature #wildlife #biodiversity #conservationoptimism #LetNatureThrivehttps://t.co/YrxKnSOSaH— Global Conservation Solutions (@_GCS_) October 4, 2021
7. A new conservation grants programme has been created in North America for ‘marginalised groups’
“The goal of the Confluence Program is to intentionally connect to historically racially marginalized people for the protection of natural places. By the end of this year, The Conservation Alliance will award four multi-year grants to groups led by Asian, Black, Brown, Indigenous, Latinx, and other People of Colour working to protect a natural place.”
The Conservation Alliance @conservationall will be offering grants worth $50,000 to groups led by racially marginalized people in North America. Check out their website for more info on the Confluence Program: https://t.co/oM6NHbqN7i #ConservationOptimism #Diversity— BioWeb.ie (@BioWeb_ie) October 7, 2021
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