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1. Santa Elena Provincial Protected Area will Safeguard Water Sources and Wildlife in Coastal Ecuador

” The Provincial Council of Santa Elena unanimously approved the declaration of the Provincial System of Conservation and Sustainable Use Areas (SPACUS is the Spanish acronym) of Santa Elena on August 31st, 2022. The declaration officially approved the first conservation block, protecting 79,350 acres  (32,112 ha).  ”

2. Successful coastal conservation programme serves as an inspiration to other Welsh agencies

” A group of coastal managers from across Wales gathered at Strumble recently to learn more about nature conservation efforts on the coastal slopes of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and how they’ve benefitted the local chough population and other wildlife.”

3. The Return of the Jaguar in Mexico

” In Mexico, the number of jaguars is now growing, increasing to 4,766 animals in 2018 from 4,025 in 2010, a promising sign that conservation strategies are working.”

4. The UK town helping to save rare Highland flower

” In gardens dotted around Grantown-on-Spey, carefully tended by unlikely plant conservationists, new populations of the threatened flower have been growing for two years and are now set to be transplanted in carefully chosen locations, bringing to a peak a ground-breaking project that has merged species experts with amateur gardeners.”

5. Seventy years of tunas, billfishes, and sharks as sentinels of global ocean health

“After almost three decades of decline, tuna and billfishes have begun to recover because of proactive fisheries management approaches.  

6. This coral reef resurrected itself — and showed scientists how to replicate it

” Despite the reported conditions, the reef had somehow restored itself, filled with life and color once more. Sala and his team were elated. This resurrection is something that Sala says can be traced to two key factors.”

7. Ethiopia’s honey forest: People and wildlife living in sweet harmony

Ecologist and expedition leader Julian Bayliss says making the forest a community conservation area would allow local communities to continue to play a leading role in protecting the forest.

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