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.Explosion in frog numbers after mass pond digging

” Switzerland has reversed the decline of more than half of endangered frogs, toads and newts in one region, research finds. After conservationists dug hundreds of new ponds in the canton of Aargau, amphibian numbers significantly increased. ”

2. Hope for Malawi: Sustainable Fisheries and the Growth of Freshwater Aquaculture

” Sub-Saharan African aquaculture projects are bolstering semi-subsistence sustainable food economies for poor rural consumers and markets. Targeted supply chain interventions, such as sourcing fingerlings (baby fish) and expanding hatcheries have created more jobs for nations with high food insecurity, and are vulnerable to extreme weather events. “

3. The Canada goose is the definition of a conservation success story

“‘”They are the definition of a conservation success story. Once thought to be extinct now considered by some to be over abundant, maybe even a pest. We have two hunting seasons for them in our province over the year. They’re doing okay.”  “

4. Forests follow unexpected—and surprisingly fast—paths to recovery

” A new study found that carbon, nitrogen and soil density in cleared forests reached 90% of levels in untouched forests after 1 to 9 years. They key was leaving them alone.”

5. Wolves, bears and bison: 50 species make ‘spectacular’ comeback in Europe

” Wolves are one of the most iconic populations to experience a resurgence. Grey wolves used to roam across the continent. But they nearly disappeared in the 20th century, as humans encroached on their habitats and hunted them down. Since the 1970s, population numbers have boomed by 1,800 per cent to 17,000. The brown bear is another carnivore making a comeback thanks to these efforts. Since 1960, populations have increased by 44 per cent. “

6. Juvenile endangered seahorses have been released again in man-made ‘seahorse hotels’

” Juvenile endangered White’s Seahorses (Hippocampus whitei) have been released back into the wild this week at 15 ‘seahorse hotels’ in Botany Bay, Sydney. This is the third successful release of seahorses bred and raised by experts from SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, in a three-year ongoing collaboration to help recover the species’ declining population. “

7. Seastock completes first harvest of methane-reducing seaweed asparagopsis in Western Australia

” Australian researchers have found, when added to the feed of cattle and other ruminant stock, the native seaweed can virtually eliminate methane emissions. “

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