Instead of cataloging only what is going wrong, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature will now also track and reward successful efforts to conserve species and their environments.
“A swath of Amazon rain forest the size of Alabama was placed under
government protection. Known as the Guayana Shield, the 57,915-
square-mile area contains more than 25 percent of the world’s remaining
humid tropical forests and the largest remaining unpolluted fresh water
reserves in the American tropics.”
Please note that this link is to a different source of the same AP article originally linked to by Rob.
The Return of the Forest
“A major study concludes that in vast parts of the world, forests are
expanding. In the last 15 years alone, 22 of the most forested 50
countries in the world have experienced growth in tree stocks.”