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. Learning to live with — and love — bears and eagles in Colombia’s cloud forest

” In the Western Cordilleras of Colombia’s Antioquia department, a local NGO has been achieving remarkable success in reducing human-wildlife conflict at the local scale through promoting dialogue, inclusion and community participation in conservation efforts. ”

2. Pine marten has ‘phenomenal resurgence’ across Northern Ireland

” The presence of pine martens in Northern Ireland has almost doubled in five years, according to a new survey. Ulster Wildlife said the priority species is undergoing a “phenomenal resurgence”. “

3. Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon falls nearly 10% in May

” Official data from space research agency Inpe showed that 812 square km (around 313 square miles) were cleared in the Brazilian Amazon last month, less than the 900 square km reported in the previous year.”

4. Decimated brush-tailed bettong makes a startling return – with the help of peanut butter

“Project to reintroduce critically endangered marsupial in South Australia, involving lures with nut spread, has surpassed expectations ”

5. In the Colombian Amazon, Indigenous communities protect the sacred black caiman

” In the Curare-Los Ingleses Indigenous Reserve, two communities are working to protect the black caiman (Melanosuchus niger), a species that has been hunted for decades for its commercially valuable skin. “

6. The case for ocean optimism

” But there’s good news, too, says Nancy Knowlton, a coral reef biologist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. In fact, she says, many marine conservation efforts around the globe are seeing good results. 

7. New Study: Protecting Large Ocean Areas Doesn’t Curb Fishing Catches

” Five years after the creation of Mexico’s Revillagigedo National Park, the largest fully protected marine area in North America, experts report no negative impacts on the Mexican fishing sector. ”

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