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. A new global network- the Nature Positive Universities Alliance launched earlier this week at CBD COP15

” Through the Nature Positive Universities Alliance, 117 Universities have already taken an official pledge and begun assessing their environmental impact, in order to make tailored actions to improve their ecological footprint on our planet. A further 408 Universities worldwide have joined the broader Nature Positive University network to work together for nature on their campuses, supported by a global student ambassador programme ”

2. This Year’s Pantone Colour of the Year, rooted in Nature, was announced this week

” This vivid shade of red is deeply rooted and takes inspiration in Nature and acts as a source of Optimism and Inspiration for Conservation and Biodiversity through art”

3. The COP15 Youth Summit took place this week organised by the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GBYN)

” Young people from across the world joined together in Montreal to encourage their countries leaders to take ambitious actions to protect nature and biodiversity”

4. Meet the first 10 UN World Restoration Flagship programmes- due to be launched early next week at COP15.

” These 10 examples spread across 23 countries, all ecosystems and represent some of the most promising. ambitious and inspirational examples of making peace with nature and biodiversity. ”

5. The Indigenous Leadership Initiative presents the Indigenous Village at COP15

” The Indigenous Village event at COP15 was a series of events organised by the Indigenous Nations of Quebec and the Indigenous Leadership Initiative. These events highlighted the importance of indigenous stewardship in the post 2020- Global Biodiversity Framework currently being negotiated. “

6. The range and busy calendar of side events at COP15 share conservation success stories from around the world and expertise on how to best frame the post 2020- Global Biodiversity Framework (the main document for negotiation at this year’s COP).

” Event topics range hugely from sustainable forestry to the importance of gender to conservation. One such side event was titled- Small farmers, farmer seed systems and sustainability. This event culminated in the launch of the Montreal Declaration on Small Scale Women’s Farmers for Biodiversity Conservation 

7. Cop15: Trudeau pledges £510m for Indigenous-led conservation projects

” On Wednesday, the Canadian prime minister committed C$800m (£510m) of funding over seven years for Indigenous-led conservation projects in his country across an area the size of Egypt, starting a “story of reconciliation” with Indigenous Peoples”

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