Priorities and Challenges
The Welsh Government has set out its key priorities...
Wales’ natural resources provide our basic needs; the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.
They give us energy, prosperity and security.
They protect us, make us healthier and our lives better.
For people to benefit from our natural resources we need to manage and use them in a joined up way.
The Environment Wales Act is an opportunity to do this; by working with others to develop an Area Statement for South West Wales.
They will set out;
the natural resources in each area and the benefits they provide
address the key challenges and opportunities at a local level
common evidence base with information, data and evidence
This will help us better understand the state and trends of natural resources in an area, the pressures on them and the benefits they provide.
Area statements will give people the information they need to better manage natural resources.
The area includes:
the coast, Preseli Hills and Cleddau valleys of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park,
rolling farmland of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire,
extensive estuaries entering Carmarthen Bay,
upland moorlands and forests extending to the Cambrian Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Park
The Gower peninsula includes the AONB and lies to the south of the Swansea uplands
The City of Swansea enjoys the sweeping setting of the Bay
The historic industrial valleys are tranquil in places and the broad Neath floodplain provides the setting for the town
Steep scarps form the backdrop to the narrow coastal strip at and steel works at Port Talbot
Please see our area statement boundaries map.
We’re bringing together the evidence we have about our natural resources.
We have started working with experts on what natural resources we have, what is special in each area, how it is looked after and why.
Then, working with others, we will identify the benefits (ecosystem services) provided by our natural resources.
We will work with others to identify how each Area Statement can address key National Priorities for taking action to both tackle the challenges and realise the opportunities to better manage Wales’s natural resources. This will include recognising what we can all do to address them (including finding new ways of working together).
A key challenge will be how we gather, analyse and share this information with partners in a usable format. We’re exploring the use of different approaches (digital, reports, workshop etc.) and partners willing to help with this.
We need people from all sectors, organisations and communities to get involved in the Area Statement process and help to ensure that the potential of Area Statements is realised.
At every stage, we welcome initiatives by partners to help shape and raise awareness of Area Statements through their networks.
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