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. 5 Environmental Conservation Wins of 2021

“As we head into a new year of fighting to save the planet, here are five positive conservation narratives — tempered with reality — from the past year. “

2. River Meuse restoration shows the wide-ranging benefits of working with nature

 “The Border Meuse initiative, which kicked off 30 years ago in the Netherlands, has seen river restoration deliver a triple win for nature and people. It demonstrates perfectly how rewilding can make socio-economic as well as ecological sense.”

3. Monarch butterflies may be thriving after years of decline. Is it a comeback?

” Last year less than 200 arrived at this site in 2020 – the lowest number ever recorded – and less than 2,000 were counted across the California coast. But ahead of the official annual count that takes place around Thanksgiving, early tallies show monarchs may be thriving once again across California. The rise has sparked joy and relief, but the researchers, state park officials, and advocates say that doesn’t mean the species is safe. ”

4. The Chilean parliament has adopted the IUCN moratorium on deep-sea mining

” Applying a moratorium on the mining of the seabed, in order to protect ecosystems and biodiversity in deep waters, is the central request made by the Senate through the approval of a draft agreement approved unanimously.”

5. How thousands of trees are protecting Kashmir’s Hangul deer population

“The magnificent hangul (Cervus elaphus hangul) is considered to be the state animal of Kashmir and the good news is that there are signs of the once elusive animal returning to its habitats. “

6. ‘Cheeky’ sea lions are returning to New Zealand’s shores — and locals are learning to share the coast

“The sea lions have popped up in unexpected — and sometimes populated — places in recent years, including a golf course (prompting the city council to close down a busy road for weeks to ensure the mom and pup could cross the road to get to the beach) and a forest. “

7. Fiji launches Blue Prosperity program to secure healthy oceans & economic resilience

“Blue Prosperity program, seeks to assist Fiji’s vision to sustainably manage 100% of its ocean and marine resources while implementing Fiji’s global leadership commitments to protect 30% by 2030.”

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