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. Villagers turn to charcoal made from bamboo to save a protected forest in Madagascar

” To reduce their dependency on the forest, local communities are planting the versatile bamboo species from Asia to make charcoal and restore watersheds. ”

2. Key Private Property in Bears Ears National Monument to Be Protected Forever

” After a 16-month effort, the most important parcel of private land surrounded by Bears Ears National Monument has been permanently protected by The Wildlands Conservancy. The conservancy owns and manages the largest nonprofit nature preserve system on the West Coast.”

3. Positive ocean news: July edition

” A round-up of positive news stories from July to celebrate the wins for our seas, including an ocean clean-up, a freed seal, and a conservation project in Puerto Rico. ”

4. York groundsel blooms again in Britain’s first-ever de-extinction event

” Yellow flower that only grows in York went extinct in 1991 brought back to life by Natural England experts”

5. Panama grants legal rights to sea turtles, boosting ‘rights of nature’ movement

” The new law “will allow any Panamanian citizen to be the voice of sea turtles and defend them legally,” Veelenturf said in a text message as she boarded a plane to Panama City after her group’s work near Armila. “

6. How Toronto’s Don River, once declared dead, is roaring back to life

” River’s wildlife is gingerly returning to areas that were once the site of heavy industry and its waters will soon become cleaner as the city spends billions to save it “

7. Researcher finds a novel way to track birds among corn, soy, and hard-to-reach places

“Using tiny, cheap recorders, sound processing software, and satellite imagery, he showed that even intensively managed landscapes can sustain biodiversity ”

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