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. 10 Biodiversity success stories from the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT) UK Reserves

“Successes include the creation of new ponds and wetlands, and sightings of record numbers of waders and other species “

2. Conservation actions see Iberian lynx claw back from brink of extinction

” Reintroduction of captive-bred lynx has been complemented by rewilding of historical lynx ranges, along with boosting of prey species and the creation of wildlife corridors and highway tunnels to reduce deaths from road collisions.”

3. Albania’s Vjosa River, the largest wild river in Europe, could become protected if new campaign is successful

“They are asking to government of Albania to create Vjosa National Park, which would be the very first wild river park in Europe.”

4. Extinct Guam Kingfisher provides blueprint for reintroducing other Extinct in the Wild species

“The Guam kingfisher has been extinct in the wild for more than 30 years but thanks to intense conservation efforts, it now stands on the brink of being released back into the wild”

5. Twitcher tours: why birdwatching in Cambodia is expected to take flight in a post-Covid world

“Home to a recorded 636 species of bird – Cambodia is a magnet for serious twitchers. The country is preening itself to welcome flocks of nature lovers, with avitourism predicted to be popular with the world’s travel-thirsty ecotourists in the wake of Covid-19.”

6. Volvo cars will all be electric by 2030

“Chinese-owned car company Volvo recently announced that their entire car line-up will be electric by the year 2030”

7. A new special unit in Sri Lanka has been formed that will fight deforestation, poaching and other illegal environmental activities.Β 

“A special unit has been formed comprising of STF personnel and the Police Environmental Unit to take immediate action against deforestation and environmental destruction”

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