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. Three Carbon negative countries are absorbing more Carbon Dioxide than they release

“Bhutan, Suriname and Panama are now all Carbon negative through a combination of high forest cover, renewable energy usage and sustainable living”

2. Beavers return to Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom for first time in 400 years

 “The family of beavers, including four babies – or kits – have been released at Idle Valley Nature Reserve near Retford in Nottinghamshire. The release stems from a partnership between Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Severn Trent, which aims to improve the environment and water quality across the reserve and the wider county.”

3. ‘The sweetest thing’: The women restoring Borneo’s rainforest

“On the floodplain of Sabah’s milky-brown Kinabatangan river in Borneo, teams of local women have been working to restore the area’s degraded rainforest for more than a decade. They hope to create a forest “corridor” for wildlife in one of the most biodiverse areas of Malaysia, which has been under pressure for years from the relentless expansion of oil palm plantations. ”

4. New frog species ‘hopping’ into protection

“A new frog species has been discovered in Wollumbin National Park in northern New South Wales, and is one of only two known species that store their tadpoles on their bodies.”

5. Study shows ‘encouraging’ results of China’s bid to protect coastal wetlands

“A new study has found that China’s coastal wetlands have undergone significant recovery within the last 10 years after several decades of loss and destruction.”

6. After 60 years, cheetahs return to Mozambique’s Maputo Special Reserve

“Cheetahs will soon grace the wildlife-rich plains of Maputo Special Reserve in southern Mozambique for the first time since the 1960s, as four of the threatened big cats – sourced from private game reserves in South Africa – have been transported safely to holding bomas within the reserve. They will undergo an acclimatisation period, before being released into the 104 200 ha reserve, completing this reintroduction of the world’s fastest land mammal.”

7. Pingers on fishing nets found to save river dolphins in Indonesian Borneo

A trial has demonstrated that underwater acoustic pingers can keep river dolphins at a safe distance from fishing nets, preventing fatal entanglements. Fishers in the Mahakam River in Indonesian Borneo collaborated with researchers to test the devices that emit a high-frequency sound that acts as a deterrent to the local population of freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins.

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