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.

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1. Despite the challenges that Migratory Animals face, following CMS COP14, there is optimism!

Success stories do shine through, though. Native to central Asia, the saiga antelope was included in the convention in 2006. This has proven key to catalysing concerted conservation action for the saiga.

2. Endangered vulture species nesting in Ghana is rare good news about raptors

” Researchers recently reported finding three critically endangered vulture species nesting in Mole National Park, Ghana’s largest protected area. It’s the first scientific observation of hooded vultures (Necrosyrtes monachus) nesting in the park, and the first report of white-backed vultures (Gyps africanus) and white-headed vultures (Trigonoceps occipitalis) nesting anywhere in the country. ”

3. Poland pauses logging in 10 ancient forests

” Environmentalists in Poland have welcomed the decision by the Polish Government to suspend logging for six months in 10 of the country’s forests, many of which are internationally important biodiversity hotspots, including the famous Białowieża forest. ”

4. A story of Urban community-led conservation in the Canary Islands

” This involves a community-led effort to ‘rewild’ brownfield sites around the city of Arrecife using plants propagated from natural populations around the island. This approach to conservation using native species creates green spaces that require little or no long-term intervention, and benefit the mental health and wellbeing of local communities. “

5. Possum magic: reintroduced Brushtails spreading across Wheatbelt wildlife corridor in Australia

” The once locally extinct Brushtail possum is confidently exploring a wildlife corridor on Badimia Country in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt, created by neighbouring wildlife reserves managed by conservation leaders Australian Wildlife Conservancy and Bush Heritage Australia. The discovery highlights the importance of private land conservation and its benefits within an internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot.”

6. A new protected area in Colombia conserves 168,000+ acres, including 6 unique ecosystems that had not previously been represented and home to a diversity of species like the Giant Anteater

” National Natural Park Serranía de Manacacías became Colombia’s 60th national protected area. The new park spans 168,476 acres, and safeguards an essential wildlife corridor that connects the Orinoquia, the second largest tropical savanna in the continent, and the Amazon, the largest river basin and rainforest on Earth. The area includes six unique ecosystems that were not previously represented in the National Protected Area System and are home to unparalleled biodiversity, including a quarter of all the bird species known to live in Colombia.”

7. Critically Endangered Parrot Bounces Back in Huge Conservation Victory

” Over 80 critically endangered parrots have returned to their breeding ground in Tasmania – the highest number in 15 years”

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