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. ‘Spiderwebs’ to the rescue for Indonesia’s coral reefs

A small-scale project in Indonesia is seeing success in efforts to restore coral reefs damaged by blast fishing. Lightweight cast-iron rods form underwater “spiderwebs” that are placed onto existing reefs, with new coral grafted onto the structure.

2. Return of a once lost Lemur

” In Mangabe, Madagascar, the black-and-white ruffed lemur makes a first appearance after an absence spanning a decade and a half”

3. Racha National Park, more projects to increase Georgian protected areas by 100,000 hectares

“The newly unveiled Racha National Park in Georgia’s west and other initiatives for creating new protected territories will increase the total area of protected natural locations of Georgia by 100,000 hectares this year, Environment Minister Otar Shamugia has revealed.”

4. Conserving the Central Rock Rat in Australia

” Critically endangered Central Rock-rats airlift to safety in a bold, week-long operation to secure their future”

5. Canada’s First Nations Do Conservation Their Way

” The Misipawistik Cree wanted to protect their lands, but they wanted to do so on their own terms. “We don’t really have to manage moose,” Cook says. “We have to manage people.” So last year, the Cree did something that they’d been talking about for a decade: They started an Indigenous guardian program.”

6. Return of the king? Pakistan moves to bring gharials from Nepal to its rivers

” Pakistan is aiming for the return of an apex predator not seen in the country in nearly four decades: the gharial crocodile (Gavialis gangeticus).

7. Rhapsody in blue – Spectacular rare orchid found during surveys in West Papua

” Joint surveys led by West Papua’s Natural Resources Conservation Centre (BBKSDA West Papua) in collaboration with staff from the Indonesia team of Fauna & Flora International (FFI) have helped to shed new light on a plant that has captured the imagination of scientists and amateur enthusiasts alike since it was first identified as a new species.”

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