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. From Reviled to Adored: The story of the Greater Adjutant Stork

“How one community—and one woman in particular—have found a way to protect the rarest stork in the world simply by learning to appreciate the species and embracing it as one of their own.”

2. Scientists describe new tree frog in push to catalog Indonesia’s amphibians

 “A recent study by researchers from Indonesia and Japan describes the molecular, morphological and acoustic traits of a new frog species from Java: Chirixalus pantaiselatan.”

3. Belize applauded for Ambitious Commitment to Protect Coastal Wetlands

“By committing to the protection, conservation, restoration, and expansion of these ecosystems, we aim to demonstrate the important role that nature-based solutions can play in reducing climate risk impacts and absorbing carbon, in addition to a multiplicity of other social and economic benefits. In the long term, Belize will continue to show real leadership in valuing the contribution of these systems that so many of our people depend on for their protection and livelihood.”

4. ‘Momentous’ Moratorium on Deep Sea Mining Adopted at Global Biodiversity Summit

“A vote overwhelmingly in favour of placing a moratorium on deep sea mineral mining at a global biodiversity summit this week has put urgent pressure on the International Seabed Authority to strictly regulate the practice.”

5. Scientists Complete the First Map of the World’s Coral Reefs

“Nearly 100,000 square miles of the organism have been charted in high detail to create a tool for conservationists to help save them”

6. Australian bandicoot brought back from brink of extinction

” Now, after 30 years of conservation efforts, the number of Eastern Barred Bandicoot has jumped from just 150 animals to an estimated 1,500. It is the first time Australia has changed the status of an animal from “extinct in the wild” to “endangered”.”

7. Chile is working to add its National Parks to the IUCN Green List

” Certification would recognize Chile’s effective management of its protected areas and provide support for gateway communities that rely on these parks”

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