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. The world has met the target for protected and conserved area coverage on land

“The recent Protected Planet Report published by the UN shows that the Aichi target to protect 17% of terrestrial land and 10% of marine areas has been achieved”

2. New protected area declared in Ecuador

“73,917 acres of Yacuambi Ecological Reserve just become a Decentralized Autonomous Protected Area in Ecuador”

3. White-tailed Sea Eagles are set to return to England’s Norfolk coast

“Natural England has agreed conservationists can release 60 young birds at Wild Ken Hill, between King’s Lynn and Hunstanton, over the next decade in the hope of establishing a breeding population in the region.”

4. Thriving population of endangered monkeys gives hope to conservationists

Van Long Nature Reserve has effectively protected its langur population, which has quadrupled in size since the reserve was established in 2001. With currently around 200 individuals, the reserve houses the bulk of the world’s remaining Delacour’s langurs. 

5. The Legacy Landscapes Fund has been launched by the Frankfurt Zoological Society to protect some of the most important natural landscapes on earth

“The Legacy Landscapes Fund will support long-lasting partnerships between experienced NGOs, protected area authorities, as well as indigenous and local communities.”

6. ‘Precious, eccentric, easy to love’: Northern hairy-nosed wombat numbers reach 300

“One of the world’s rarest mammals is returning from the brink of extinction as its population surpasses 300 from just 35 in the 1980s”

7. Cinereous Vultures are breeding again in Bulgaria’s wild years after their extinction

“A reintroduced Cinereous Vulture pair successfully hatched a chick in Bulgaria’s wild! This excellent news comes after many years of targeted reintroduction efforts and trans-border collaboration”

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