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. Chile’s new national park offers a glimpse of life in the cosmos

” A new national park in Chile will protect 141,000 acres of biodiverse ecosystem in the Atacama Desert, where a rare superbloom paints one of the world’s most barren places with red, magenta, and marigold wildflowers. Last October’s impressive display, the first in five years, inspired the government to form northern Chile’s sixth national park, Desierto Florido.”

2. The NHS worker singlehandedly rewilding kelp forests in Sussex, UK

” Steve Allnutt has watched the lush beds disappear from local waters over the years, and decided to take on the job of restoration himself “

3. Victory in Ecuador: Local communities in Intag Valley win case in Imbabura Provincial Court against mining project

” The court ruled that communities’ constitutional right to consultation about the project had been violated, as had the rights of nature. As a result, the court revoked the Ecuadorian-owned ENAMI EP and Chilean-owned CODELCO’s license for the Llurimagua mining project and called for an immediate stop to all work on the project, which has its camp in the Junín community forest. ”

4. Multinational task force aims to save colorful rainforest frogs

” Active since 2019, the Atelopus Survival Initiative (ASI) brings together scientists from 15 countries working to prevent the disappearance of harlequin frogs; of the 99 known species, half may already be extinct. ”

5. To save Hainan gibbons, Earth’s rarest primate, experts roll out the big tech

” As scientists and the Chinese government ramp up efforts to protect the critically endangered Hainan gibbon, technology is playing an important part in helping track and monitor the species better. In recent years, bioacoustics, infrared technology and machine learning are among the tools that have been used to make data collection and analysis easier in the study of Hainan gibbons. “

6. ‘It is so beautiful’: rare inland rainforest in B.C. declared Indigenous protected area

” In a race to conserve the largest intact, unprotected watershed in southern B.C., the Simpcw First Nation unilaterally declared the creation of a new protected area under Indigenous law — a move that could put an end to logging plans “

7. NatGeo takes look inside unprecedented effort to reintroduce endangered baby zebra sharks into wild

” In an unprecedented effort, 15 aquariums from around the world are teaming up to raise endangered baby zebra sharks and reintroduce them into the wild, where populations have nearly gone extinct.”

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