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Return of beavers to Scotland hailed as global example by Scots nature minister

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Green minister Lorna Slater has hailed the reintroduction of beavers to Scotland as an example of the global change that’s needed in how we treat nature.

Speaking as she heads today to the crucial UN COP15 biodiversity summit in Canada, Slater said the “destructive force” of man-made activities on the natural environmen t needed to end.

It comes after UN secretary general Antonio Guterres, opening the conference in Montreal this week, warned humanity had become a “weapon of mass extinction” against species worldwide.

But Slater, Scotland’s biodiversity minister, said rewilding efforts to bring beavers back to the country in recent decades showed the “stewardship role” people could adopt towards wildlife instead.

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