THE world's largest express transport company has awarded a three-year grant to the environmental non-profit organisation Rewilding Europe to support its rewilding of Scotland’s Highlands.

FedEx Express will work with Scottish non-profit organisation Trees for Life and local stakeholders on the three-year project to create a vast nature recovery area across a spectacular sweep of the Highlands covering Glens Cannich, Affric, Moriston and Shiel.

FedEx funding will support the non-profit’s work with local communities, organisations and landowners, to enhance biodiversity, address climate change and create new opportunities by helping to develop a nature-based economy.

David Canavan, chief operating officer at FedEx Express Europe, said: “By supporting rewilding, we want to make a connection between carbon capture as a concept and what these natural solutions can really look like on the ground.

“Now is an exciting moment to get behind this form of land use, as projects like this demonstrate not only the environmental benefits of rewilding, but also connect landowners to alternative sources of income that may not have been possible or accessible until now.”

Frans Schepers, managing director at Rewilding Europe, said: “Having support from FedEx is a great kick-start enabling positive grassroots, community-led actions for the coming three years.

“When corporate partners like FedEx support rewilding it helps landowners unlock the potential of their land and the benefits of restoring nature.”

An additional component of the FedEx grant is that it provides funding to develop a carbon credit standard across Europe and provide an accurate value for the carbon capture potential of land that has been rewilded while reversing biodiversity decline.

FedEx says it is committed to reducing its own emissions, with a goal of achieving carbon-neutral operations by 2040.