06 April 2020

Area statements announced by Natural Resources Wales (NRW)

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The statements will cover seven separate yet hugely diverse parts of Wales: South East Wales, South Central, South West, Mid Wales, North East and North West Wales. All are seen as a collaborative response to what is known as the Natural Resources Policy, published by the Welsh Government in 2017, which sets out the key challenges and opportunities for the sustainable management of Wales’ natural resources into the future.

Area statements take a joined up approach to set out

1. The key challenges facing a locality

  • Ensuring clean and plentiful water
  • Reversing the decline in biodiversity
  • Responding to the climate emergency
  • Improving air and noise quality
  • Tackling the risk from flooding
  • To build ecosystem resilience
  • Improving health outcomes
  • Supporting sustainable livelihoods and community cohesion.

2. What we can all do to meet those challenges

  • By enabling a joined up approach across public service delivery, with communities and by working with land managers
  • Applying the principles of sustainable management of natural resources.

3. How we can better manage our natural resources for the benefit of future generations

  • This builds on existing EU and UK legislation through broad interventions - nature based solutions (for example, right tree in the right place, natural flood management or urban green infrastructure), more resource efficiency and renewable energy. Area statements take a place based approach to implementation.

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Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – providing research-led conservation for a thriving countryside. The GWCT is an independent wildlife conservation charity which has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

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