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. In it for the long haul: Transforming the crocodile from villain to hero

” 15 years later, it is quite a different story. The Mabuwaya Foundation, a name which means ‘long live the crocodile’, has been working in Isabela Province for 20 years to improve the public image of the crocodile, educate people about its protection, and stop the killings.”

2. In a Major Conservation Move, Australia Triples Size of Macquarie Island Marine Park

Australia massively expanded the marine park around Macquarie Island, providing the highest-level protection for subantarctic sea life across an area bigger than Germany and making the Macquarie Island Marine Park one of the largest fully protected ocean sanctuary zones in the world.

3. How LIFE pulled one of Europe’s rarest birds back from extinction

” The Azores bullfinch is surely one of Europe’s greatest survivors. For nearly 30 years, a total of six LIFE projects dedicated to this remarkable bird have brought it back from the edge of extinction. ”

4. Colombia creates biodiversity fund aiming to manage nearly $1 billion USD.

Colombia’s government has launched a new Fund for Life and Biodiversity to help protect ecosystems in the country, the environment ministry said on Thursday, adding that it will manage close to $1 billion by 2026.

5. Hope endangered corncrake can be saved as numbers increase in Scotland

The number of corncrakes serenading Scotland with their strange summer calls has increased for the first time in five years, giving hope that this secretive bird can be saved from extinction in Britain.

6. From fairways to green sanctuaries: the effort to rewild abandoned golf courses

Abandoned golf courses are being reclaimed by nature, breathing new life into spaces that were once dedicated to a sport known for its ecological footprint.

7. The road to recovery: conservation management for the Critically Endangered Bali myna shows signs of success

Decades of conservation breeding, release of birds and post-release management at Bali Barat National Park have, until recently, failed to secure a viable wild population. However, over the past decade, population increases, expansion into new areas of the National Park and beyond, and successful breeding in both artificial and natural nest sites have occurred.

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