Upon closer inspection, often hidden among narratives of loss, there are stories of hope and regeneration which can inspire positive change and collective action. By learning from these case studies – and replicating their work – these instrumental stories of successful conservation play an invaluable role in the protection of our planet’s future.
Here are seven stories from 2021 which offer the Pelorus Foundation hope for 2022
Record number of beavers introduced in the UK
Following 400 years of absence, beaver conservation projects in the UK are experiencing record levels and have culminated with the first kits being born in Exmoor back in July. Research by Devon Wildlife Trust has found that beavers immensely benefit other wildlife, as well as humans, by creating and enhancing a range of wetland habitats. Their dam engineering work helps to reduce the risk of flooding, prevents soil from being displaced during heavy rainfall, filters toxins from water reducing pollution downstream and creates new habitats for water voles, kingfishers and otters.
International cooperation on deforestation at COP26
More than half of the world’s nations pledged to end – and reverse -deforestation by 2030. The declaration was agreed upon by over 100 leaders whose countries represent 85 per cent of the world’s forests collectively. The pledge, renewing efforts to stem carbon dioxide emissions released by trees being cleared, was signed at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November 2021. The commitment is supported by almost £14 bn of public and private funds – a large section of which will help developing countries mitigate wildfire damage, support indigenous communities and restore degraded land.