Area Statements overview
Area statements will help us manage our environment...
The Welsh Government has set out its key priorities for the sustainable management of natural resources in Wales. These provide the context for our work on Area Statements
The Natural Resources Policy was prepared taking into consideration the findings of the State of Natural Resources Report (SONARR) that NRW published in 2016.
The national challenges and opportunities for the sustainable management of natural resources, identified in the Natural Resource Policy (NRP) are:
Reverse the decline in biodiversity – by developing resilient ecological networks
Safeguard and increase carbon stores in soils and biomass
Maintain productive capacity, in particular by improving soil quality and biosecurity
Reducing the risk of flooding
Supporting climate change mitigation and adaptation through ecosystem approaches
Reducing noise pollution and pollution levels in our air, and enhance air quality
Improve the quality and ensure the quantity of our water
Taking action to reduce the pressures on natural resources, such as through resource efficiency and renewable energy
Supporting preventative approaches to health outcomes, with a particular focus on key public health issues of transport related air and noise pollution, tackling physical inactivity and mental health
Supporting action to tackle health and economic inequalities
Supporting community cohesion
Supporting secure and stable employment
Area statements will look for opportunities to address these national challenges in an integrated way, together with any local risks and opportunities for SMNR identified through their development
The Natural Resources Policy sets out the priorities for the types of action that can be taken to both tackle these challenges and deliver the opportunities. They are:
1. Delivering nature-based solutions, with a particular focus on the following which have been identified in SoNaRR and the NRP as delivering the greatest benefit for both building the resilience of our ecosystems and delivering wider benefits across the well-being goals. These are:
2. Increasing resource efficiency (including moving towards a circular economy) and renewable energy
3. Taking a place-based approach
Area Statements will look for opportunities to drive action at the most appropriate scale – this could be local, regional or national and will mean working across Area Statement boundaries where necessary.
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