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1. Indigenous people and NGO grow a wildlife corridor in the world’s oldest rainforest

” The project aims to plant 360,000 trees over an area of 213 hectares (526 acres); so far, it has planted 25,000 trees of 180 species on the land and in the nursery, which can also feed a range of native wildlife. “

2. Four photos that show the potential of rewilding nature

” This exhibition brings these stories to life, through a rich selection of plants and animals from the near-extinct purple emperor butterfly that thrives at Knepp, an estate in West Sussex, England, to wolves making a dramatic return to Yellowstone National Park in the US. “

3. Uzbekistan plants a forest where a sea once lay

” The initiative in Uzbekistan has so far planted 1.7 million hectares (4.2 million acres) of forest, with up to 200,000 hectares (494,000 acres) of new forest planned for 2024. “

4. With new protections, a critical fishery gets new lease on life

” On April 26, the Peruvian government established a marine protected area here that bans mining and regulates fishing. And as marine protected areas go, it’s quite small — only 1,155 square kilometers (446 square miles), an area just larger than New York City. Like the Big Apple, though, the newly minted Mar Tropical de Grau National Reserve is densely populated, housing roughly 70 percent of Peru’s marine wildlife.  “

5.  New ‘cheap and easy’ method could make upstream swim easier for endangered eels

” Known as eel tiles, the studded structured are already being used to help them climb over obstructions. But researchers found the tiles – which are cheap to buy and easy to install – could also be used in rivers where water velocity is high. “

6. The Scientists protecting rainforests in Malaysia by ‘listening closely’.

” Recording devices collect and convey real-time soundscapes from both primary forests (which have never been deforested and replanted) as well as areas where there is a lot of human activity in the form of logging and palm oil production. Taken together, these soundscapes are a reliable indicator of the health of the ecosystem. “

7. Farmer’s are creating a brighter future for Bolivia’s red fronted macaws

” Innovative conservation agreements that improve rural landowner’s livelihoods are creating a brighter future for the macaws and the forests they depend from. Many Bolivian farmers now see the bird as a boon, rather than a burden, and a valuable resource worth protecting “

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