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. Critically endangered Yangtze finless porpoise shows signs of recovery

” Researchers found that the Yangtze finless porpoise faced habitat loss and a reduced range as a result of the practice, but a suspension of sand mining offers hope that they could recover.  ”

2. Ocean Vision AI uses the power of artificial intelligence to process ocean imagery

” Ocean Vision AI combines expertise to create a machine-learning platform that will aid the processing of underwater visual data with a globally integrated network of services, tools, and diverse community of users.  “

3. Conservation Motivation for 2023: 15 inspiring stories of impact.

” Here, we look back at some of the top results from our winners from the last 12 months, who are already working to bring the goals and targets agreed at COP15 to fruition, turning the tide for our planet”

4. Two new National Parks and the expansion of protected areas in Argentina

” 022 ended with a positive balance in terms of National Parks in Argentina, with the creation of two new spaces in Córdoba and in Río Negro and with the expansion of Pre-Delta Protected Areas (in Entre Rios) and Aconquija (in Tucuman). ”

5. Ecotourism and education: Win-win solution for Pantanal jaguars and ranchers

Conservationists are using new solutions, such as ecotourism, tourism fees and education, to protect both jaguars and the livelihoods of cattle ranchers. Empirical evidence suggests that jaguar populations in the Pantanal are now recovering, thanks to shifting perceptions of the wetland’s famous big cat.

6. World’s Largest Known Manta Ray Population Found Off Ecuador

” In other regions, we typically have population estimates of 1,000 to 2,000 animals, which makes this species very vulnerable,” says Joshua Stewart, a co-author of the study, which was published in Marine Ecology Progress Series. “In this area, we’ve estimated that the population is more than 22,000 mantas, which is unprecedented 

7. Southern hairy-nosed wombat population booms on Nullarbor after drought breaks

” A recent University of Adelaide survey found southern hairy-nosed wombat numbers were sky-high, with up to 200 animals per square kilometre in some parts of the desert.”

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