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. Crickets, lichens and butterflies among rare species set to benefit from new funding in the UK

” Some of England’s most rare and threatened species are to be supercharged on the road to recovery thanks to a multi-million-pound grant scheme. ”

2. Super organism wants to be the conservationist on the cap table

Superorganism launched on Wednesday to be a venture firm solely focused on biodiversity and nature. The firm was started by Tom Quigley, a former conservationist, and Kevin Webb, a VC and angel investor.”

3. Indonesia awards biggest Indigenous forest claim yet to Bornean Dayaks

” The Indonesian government has officially recognized the biggest swath yet of forests that fall under the ancestral domain of an Indigenous group, awarding rights to nearly 70,000 hectares (173,000 acres) in Borneo. ”

4. Maine’s puffin colonies recovering in the face of climate change

”  Atlantic puffins — clownish seabirds with colorful bills and waddling gaits — had their second consecutive rebound year for fledging chicks after suffering a catastrophic 2021, said scientists who monitor the birds.  ”

5. Sundarbans tiger and prey numbers rise amid Bangladesh conservation efforts

” Recent surveys of big cats and prey in the Sundarbans indicate that numbers for both have increased significantly in recent years, thanks to different conservation measures taken by the Bangladesh government. “

6. Wild mushroom harvest helps keep trees standing in Mozambique

” The project provides extra income for hundreds of women living next to Gilé National Park in the center of the country. “

7. The Second National Snow Leopard Survey of Bhutan estimated 134 individuals (up from 96 in 2015)

” The 2022-23 Survey consisted of 310 camera stations, 70 rangers, 5 protected areas, 2 territorial divisions and several months of fieldwork. ”

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