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. This World Wildlife Day, the key word is adapt

” Cloud-based mapping tools, like TerrAdapt which launched to the public today on World Wildlife Day, can help prioritize areas for conservation actions — like habitat restoration, increasing protection status, and building wildlife crossings. TerrAdapt uses satellite monitoring technology powered by Google Earth Engine and Google Cloud Platform to project habitat conditions given future climate and land-use scenarios.”

2. Bridges in the sky carry sloths to safety in Costa Rica

 ” The Sloth Conservation Foundation, created by British zoologist Rebecca Cliffe, is working to preserve the future of the world’s slowest mammals in Costa Rica. The group is building rope bridges to allow the arboreal animals to cross cleared patches of forest safely. Without these bridges, the sloths would have to come down to the ground to cross from one tree to another, putting them at risk of being run over by a car or attacked by dogs, or else they could be electrocuted going over power lines.

3. Breeding project boosts Iberian lynx numbers from 94 to 1,100

Saving the endangered feline in Spain and Portugal has been a European effort over the past 20 years, costing tens of millions of dollars.

4. Plastic pollution: Green light for ‘historic’ treaty

” The world is set to get a global treaty to tackle plastic pollution. Nearly 200 countries have agreed to start negotiations on an international agreement to take action on the “plastic crisis”. “

5. New baby spotted with endangered southern resident killer whale pod

” A new orca calf has been spotted with J pod of the endangered southern resident killer whale population near B.C.’s West Coast, researchers say. The southern resident killer whale population is critically endangered and its numbers have fallen to the low 70s in recent years.”

6. Ten ways to confront the climate crisis without losing hope

” It’s easy to despair at the climate crisis, or to decide it’s already too late – but it’s not. Here’s how to keep the fight alive. “

7. Woylies reintroduced to Mallee Cliffs National Park

” t was a hopping affair at Mallee Cliffs National Park in western NSW, when 54 Woylies (Brush-tailed Bettongs) completed a cross-border journey for a special reintroduction to NSW, after going extinct in the state by the late 1800’s. Nationally listed as critically endangered, the small kangaroo-relatives are now part of one of Australia’s largest rewilding projects.”

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