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. ‘You sometimes feel like Noah’: the London zoo team bidding to save doomed species
” The birth of a Socorro dove, extinct in the wild, has boosted conservationists’ hopes of rewilding captive species”
“One day we will be faced with the task of returning these species to the wild – and we need to start preparing for that now. We need to learn how best to rewild populations.” https://t.co/n6psduTXT8 #rewilding #conservationoptimism pic.twitter.com/PCVjOYBL03— Citizen Zoo (@CitizenZoo) May 19, 2023
2. ‘Extinct’ snails return to Tahiti in largest wildlife reintroduction ever
” In April, zookeepers organized yet another reintroduction, this one involving the transport of 5,522 extinct-in-the-wild and critically endangered Partula snails to the French Polynesian islands of Moorea and Tahiti. According to ZSL, this was the largest-ever release of extinct-in-the-wild species.”
After an absence of almost thirty years, approximately 5,500 individuals of the #endemic #Polynesian Tree #Snail have been #reintroduced on the #FrenchPolynesian islands of #Moorea and #Tahiti! 🐌#rewildling #conservationoptimism #LetNatureThrive https://t.co/Iu5EbmiPCx— Global Conservation Solutions (@_GCS_) May 21, 2023
3. Communities lead the way to a new era of landscape-scale conservation.
” A few years ago, a trip here inspired her and a handful of others to organize themselves into an action group, Women for Conservation, to participate in this historic venture. Now she’s returning to discuss this bold vision with them at the Ehi-Rovipuka Conservancy office. ”
Thanks to efforts of #community-managed conservancies and the #Namibian government, a #protectedarea is being established that joins two existing conservancies and provides connectivity for long-ranging species!#conservationoptimism #LetNatureThrive https://t.co/wXTWKIl2yv— Global Conservation Solutions (@_GCS_) May 19, 2023
4. Three new wildlife conservation reserves in Rajasthan
” On Earth Day 2023, Rajasthan’s Forest Department announced three new conservation reserves that will protect the rare and endangered wildlife of Rajasthan.”
Thanks to #Rajasthan's Forest Department, three new #wildlife #reserves have been established, providing critical #grassland habitat for numerous species including the #endangered Indian #Blackbuck!#antelope #conservationoptimism #LetNatureThrive https://t.co/jlNMgze98O— Global Conservation Solutions (@_GCS_) May 16, 2023
5. Ecuador to boost protection of Galápagos in biggest debt-for-nature deal ever
” Ecuador has launched a debt-for-nature deal that will wipe out some $1 billion in interest payments in exchange for boosting its protection of the waters around the Galápagos Islands. Much of the funding will focus on managing the newly established Hermandad Marine Reserve, the existing Galápagos Marine Reserve, and sustainable fishing and climate resilience efforts. “
Ecuador has launched a debt-for-nature deal that will wipe out some $1 billion in interest payments in exchange for boosting its protection of the waters around the Galápagos Islands. https://t.co/tADvIX0Qrn #conservationoptimism— InternetOfElephants (@ioelephants) May 16, 2023
6. Studies show oyster reef restoration can work out well — given enough time
” Researchers have found that the restoration of eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) reefs in the U.S. have been largely successful, improving oyster production, enhancing habitat, and increasing nitrogen cycling. “
Patience pays off when it comes to #Oysters - my news to me good news for May 20 #OceanOptimism #EarthOptimism https://t.co/J6kxbf2hdQ— Dr. Nancy Knowlton (@SeaCitizens) May 20, 2023
7. Oil project near Amazon River mouth blocked by Brazil’s environment agency
“Brazil’s environmental regulator refused on Wednesday to grant a license for a controversial offshore oil drilling project near the mouth of the Amazon River, prompting celebration from environmentalists who had warned of its potential impact. ”
Wind turbines have generated more electricity than gas for the first time in the UK.— Nina Seale (@hirundonova) May 12, 2023
In the first three months of this year a third of the country's electricity came from wind farms, research from Imperial College London has shown.https://t.co/QudmmBeSfL #EarthOptimism
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