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An ambitious rewilding project which aims to create a “nature recovery area” of more than half a million acres is being recommended for global UN flagship status by the Scottish and UK governments.

The Affric Highlands project has a 30-year plan, which would restore woodland and peatland areas along with riverside habitats.

The project, led by Trees for Life, is being recommended for UN World Restoration Flagship status, ahead of a shortlist of 10 projects being announced this month.

It comes as those leading the work said it could show how “nature, local communities and livelihoods can help each other thrive”.

Those involved with the Affric Highlands scheme – which will cover a vast area of land from Loch Ness to the west coast – believe it will help protect native species, boost biodiversity, sustain jobs in the area and attract people there.

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