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1. ‘Enormously exciting’: farm to create biggest natural grassland in southern England

” The “Pertwood Plain” project, masterminded by Restore, a land management company specializing in large scale nature restoration, led by the naturalist Benedict Macdonald, will ultimately see low densities of pigs and cattle roaming free to recreate flower-rich chalk grassland.”

2. Some great stories of Optimism from Down Under in Australia

” Including: numbat populations in the low Murray Darling Basin, a national monitoring effort for Great Desert Skink and the protection of native bilbies”

3. Rewilding in Argentina helps giant anteaters return to south Brazil

” Recent giant anteater sightings in Rio Grande do Sul state indicate the species has returned to southern Brazil, where it had been considered extinct for more than a century. ”

4. Historic Indigenous-Led Conservation Agreement for Northwest Territories Nears Completion in Canada

” Known as the NWT Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) initiative, it is one of four Indigenous-led conservation proposals in Canada that rank among the world’s largest. Once fully funded and implemented, the NWT PFP initiative could ensure durable protection throughout at least 30 million hectares, sustain thriving cultures, and promote a healthy and equitable economy. “

5. Arunachal tribe donates land for critically endangered songbird Bugun Liocichla

”  The local Bugun community, which selflessly donated the land, has become a role model in our conservation efforts,’ said N Tam, the principal chief conservator of forests and chief wildlife warden in the state. ”

6. Comeback on the cards for Asian antelope declared extinct in Bangladesh

” A 2023 study identified 13 instances of nilgai sightings in the country from 2018-2022 from media reports, but it’s likely that most sightings are going unreported because they end up in local residents catching and killing the antelopes for their meat. ”

7. Mining Proposal Rejected for Maine’s Katahdin Region

” Maine’s Land Use Planning Commission has firmly rejected a mining proposal in the state’s Katahdin region that was vehemently opposed by the Penobscot Nation, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, conservation groups, local outdoor recreation businesses, and hundreds of residents statewide. “

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