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. British Columbia acquires land for 16 provincial parks, 2 new protected areas

“The largest parcel of land aquired this year is located in Haida Gwaii. Approximately 123 hectares of land were added to Naikoon Park, which features wetlands, bogs, sand dunes, temperate rainforest ecosystems and roughly 100 kilometres of beach coastline.”

2. Whitley Awards winners share what went right in 2020

“As we begin January and another lockdown, our winners’ achievements make for an inspiring reflection on what went right last year.”

3. A major national park expansion was announced in Gran Chaco, South America’s second-largest forest

“This year, a major national park in Argentina will expand its size by almost 50% – benefiting both wildlife and local livelihoods.”

4. The establishment of a second buffalo herd was celebrated in northern Mexico

“Things are looking up for the American bison in the north of Mexico: a second herd of the large mammals, also known as American buffalo, has been successfully reintroduced in Coahuila.”

5. Sumatran rhino conservation inspires a thriving creative economy

“Local communities in a Sumatran rhino stronghold are benefiting from a creative economy built up around the conservation of the critically endangered species.”

6. Pāteke ducklings are getting ready to be released in Christchurch, New Zealand

“We’re part of a dedicated breed-for-release programme with our partners @docgovtnz Pāteke Recovery Group and The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust, to boost the wild population of these dabbling ducks that number around 2,000-2,500 individuals.”

7. A plan to halt the forest’s decline in the Congo Basin is bearing fruit

“Two years on, early signs suggest that community ownership could become a powerful tool in halting the decline of the Congo Basin rainforest, while alleviating poverty in one of the world’s poorest regions.”

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