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. Release of rare honeyeaters in New South Wales, Australia

” The wild population of one of Australia’s rarest birds is being boosted this week with the release of 50 zoo-bred regent honeyeaters in the Lower Hunter Valley. ”

2. Back from the brink, Eurasian beavers are once again an integral part of the river ecosystem in France’s Loire Valley.

” A combination of local hunting prohibitions and reintroduction programs brought these animals back from the brink, and there are now more than 14,000 beavers in the country.”

3. Two Channel Islands plant species reach recovery thanks to Endangered Species Act

” Two plants that live on California’s Channel Islands and nowhere else on earth – the Santa Cruz Island dudleya and island bedstraw – have reached recovery thanks to Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections.”

4. Queensland’s Indigenous women rangers given Earthshot prize for protecting Great Barrier Reef

” The Queensland Indigenous Women Rangers Network has been awarded a £1m ($1.8m) Earthshot prize for its work on protecting the Great Barrier Reef. The initiative is described by the Earthshot prize as “an inspiring women led program” that combines 60,000 years of First Nations knowledge with digital technologies to protect land and sea. ”

5. Here’s a thread for some positive ocean conservation news

” Positive stories, include; new whale sanctuaries in Norway, the discovery of the world’s largest seagrass meadow and many others”

6. Wild Blue-Throated Macaws Slowly Returning From The Brink Of Extinction

Thanks to their combined conservation efforts, the total wild population of blue-throated macaws is estimated to number somewhere between 350–400 individuals today. 

7. Fishers in Flores Sea opt to limit harvest of overexploited sea cucumbers

At the end of September, fishermen on Sapuka Island in eastern Indonesia’s Flores Sea made a surprising announcement. They would regulate their sea cucumber harvests, they declared, taking only those specimens above a certain size, and from clearly designated areas during clearly designated times of the year.

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