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. Fisher Rewilding: How Washington State Is Restoring a Native Carnivore

“Years of work in the Pacific Northwest is paying off. It started with preserving the ecosystem so native species would have something to return to.”

2. Dwarf pansy blooms on tiny Scilly island after 16-year absence

“Rare flower (present nowhere else in the UK apart from the Scilly Islands) reappears on Tean after disappearing in the absence of human inhabitants”

3. Invasive Rodents No Longer Threaten Wildlife on Seymour Norte Island and Mosquera Islet

“Two years after implementing the rodent eradication program on Seymour Norte and Mosquera (two islands in the Galapagos), the Galapagos National Park Directorate and Island Conservation determine the islands are free of invasive rodents.”

4. European Parliament boosts nature restoration and protection, including forests

“The European Parliament adopts its long-awaited position on the 2030 Biodiversity Strategy, sending an important signal to escalate the protection and restoration of nature in the EU. “

5. In Gabon, a new partnership protects sharks and rays

The first new law fully regulates shark and ray catches and special authorization will now be needed to target sharks and rays, and a second adds a wide range of sharks and rays to Gabon’s list of fully protected marine species.

6. Why we’re optimistic we can save our oceans

“For all the threats to the ocean—warming, overfishing, pollution—a veteran undersea photographer sees ways to help and reasons for hope.”

7. 22,000 seabirds saved in Namibia every year thanks to the Albatross Task Force and fishing industry

“This achievement is thanks to effective government regulation and dedicated grassroots engagement with the industry by our dedicated team of seabird bycatch instructors, including Titus Shaanika and team leader Samantha Matjila of the Albatross Task Force “

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