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. New data to help scientists protect smooth hammerhead sharks from extinction
New migration data produced by tagging hammerhead sharks in the Atlantic should help scientists to protect at least one of the 10 hammerhead species at risk of extinction.
2. Global Strategy for Plant Conservation highlights some reasons for plant optimism
“GSPC report highlights the considerable achievements of communities working together to address the challenges of safeguarding the world’s plant species and their habitats.”
#ConservationOptimism – GSPC report highlights the considerable achievements of communities working together to address the challenges of safeguarding the world’s plant species and their habitats. But much still to achieve together https://t.co/OP5QGn82aY @UNBiodiversity @bgci pic.twitter.com/Lp9cSq6Ail— Plantlife (@Love_plants) September 23, 2020
3. Colombia’s yellow-eared parrot back from extinction after two decades of conservation
“Among the species that have recovered is the Yellow-eared Parrot after ProAves Foundation managed for two decades to boost its population from 81 to 2,600.”
The Yellow-eared #Parrot is a #conservation success story in #Colombia, with the #recovery from a pop'n of 81 to over 2,600 today! #parrots #birds #nature #wildlife #biodiversity #optimism #conservationoptimism #wildlifeconservation #LetNatureThrivehttps://t.co/LMKe5lG5Lv pic.twitter.com/WVNkNsPAIa— Global Conservation Solutions (@_GCS_) September 22, 2020
4. The populations of 4 of the 5 species of rhinos saw significant growth in the past decade
Between 2007 and 2019, the populations of 4 of the 5 living species of rhinos saw significant growth showing that collective enforcement and conservation efforts are paying off.
#WorldRhinoDay: between 2007 and 2019, the populations of 4 of the 5 living species of #rhinos saw a significant growth. Collective enforcement and #conservation efforts are paying off, though we must remain vigilant to the continued threat of poaching and trafficking. pic.twitter.com/7zs5WIFpIW— CITES (@CITES) September 22, 2020
5. Madagascan farmer developed a complex technique to propagate Rosewood trees
“Edmond is working on a rosewood conservation project coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Its aim is to safeguard a group of trees that is the world’s most trafficked wild product by value and volume.”
Meet Madagascan farmer Edmond. Edmond developed a complex technique to propagate Rosewood trees, which are near extinction due to illegal logging. In 2019, 2,328 rosewood saplings were produced and planted in degraded forest #ConservationOptimism https://t.co/SKCYLMbb9K pic.twitter.com/0QwAkl5N8M— Pauline Verheij (@PaulineVerheij) September 25, 2020
6. A floral mural in Warsaw is using a new type of paint which, when introduced to light, turns air pollutants to nitrates that do not harm the environment.
Converse City Forests‘s new piece is said to have the smog-eating ability of 780 trees and is conveniently located near a high polluting metro station.
7. Swift foxes returned to a historic part of their range on Native-owned lands in Montana
“After an absence of more than 50 years, the swift fox has returned to the grasslands of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana.”
After a 51-year absence, swift foxes return to a historic part of their range on Native-owned lands in Montana. They join many iconic prairie species, including black-footed ferrets, sage grouse and prairie dogs https://t.co/FpzSKc4DOV— WWF News (@WWFnews) September 24, 2020
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