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1. Australia announces plan to halt extinction crisis and save 110 species
“It is the first time a federal government has announced a zero extinctions target for the country’s plants and animals. The goal forms part of a 10-year plan to improve the trajectory of 110 species and 20 places, and protect an additional 50m hectares of land and sea area by 2027.”
2. Harpy eagles have returned to Costa Rica
“An adult harpy eagle was recently photographed in northern Costa Rica, which made national headlines and waves on social media. Most believed these gigantic eagles had been extirpated from the region, but consistent efforts to restore forests and rewild ecosystems in the country mean they may return in greater numbers, if conditions allow.” Read more here.
3. Ospreys make triumphant return as breeding pairs spread across UK
“‘I’m over the moon. We’ve waited a long time for this.’ Beth Dunstan, environmental project manager at Belvoir Castle is celebrating the birth of the first osprey chicks in Leicestershire for two centuries this summer, one of a series of recent successes in bringing the osprey back across the UK.”
Thanks to #reintroduction efforts in #England, the #wild first #Osprey chicks have been born #Leicestershire after an absence of over two centuries!#UK #ospreys #birds #rewilding #nature #wildlife #conservationoptimism #conservation #LetNatureThrive https://t.co/ZXbeEdEdA0— Global Conservation Solutions (@_GCS_) October 4, 2022
4. Elephants get Shivalik habitat back as Uttarakhand drops airport expansion plan
“Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami, at the ‘wildlife week’ celebrations that started at Dehradun’s Lachhiwala Nature Park on Saturday, announced repeal of the decision to denotify the Shivalik Elephant Reserve “for the larger good of the state’s flora and fauna”.”
5. Migratory fish runs to return to Sabattus River following conservation project
“Local conservation organizations are making strides on a multi-year plan to restore the Sabattus River and enable upstream fish passage for the first time in at least two hundred years.”
6. Eurasian Beaver now legally protected in England
“Eurasian beavers have been recognised as a European protected species in England, making it illegal to capture, kill, injure or disturb them.”
7. Indonesia and Norway give REDD+ deal another go
“Indonesia has signed a new climate deal with Norway that will see the Nordic country pay the Southeast Asian one to keep its forests standing. The deal comes a year after Indonesia terminated a nearly identical scheme between the two countries over the lack of payments.”
On Monday, Indonesia and Norway announced a renewed partnership to protect the archipelago's dwindling forests after a previous deal fell apart last year due to lack of payment. https://t.co/sJ7PBfE7YZ via @rhett_butler @mongabay #conservationoptimism— InternetOfElephants (@ioelephants) September 29, 2022
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