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. Study in Thailand identified benefits of community-based freshwater fish reserves

“Results of research published in science journal Nature could help freshwater fisheries worldwide.”

2. Efforts to rewild London’s rivers are yielding results according to a new report

“Sightings of kingfishers in the capital have increased by 450 per cent since 2000, thanks to significant river restoration projects.”

3. Tasmanian devils are clawing their way back from extinction

“Geneticists calculate that each infected devil now transmits tumor cells to just one—or fewer—other devils. That could mean the disease may disappear over time.”

4. Migratory seabirds find safe haven in new West Coast island reserve

“An array of seabirds will enjoy safe refuge along B.C.’s West Coast after a quartet of American brothers gifted their family’s private island to protect its natural habitat.”

5. 14 key nations have committed to protect oceans

“Overall, the 14 leaders agreed to sustainably manage 100 percent of the oceans under their national jurisdictions by 2025—an area of ocean roughly the size of Africa.”

6. Hundreds of elephants returned to DRC’s Virunga

“A group of about 580 savanna elephants recently returned to Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after crossing over from Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.”

7. Sea Shepherd research mission discovered possible new species of whale in Mexico

“Researchers working with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society believe that they have discovered a previously unknown species of whale off the western coast of Mexico.”

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