The Landscape Institute is asking members for their advice on two significant consultation documents from the Welsh Government
The two papers are: Sustaining a Living Wales (a Green Paper on a new approach to natural resource management and regulation of the environment in Wales) and Natural Resources Wales – Proposed arrangements for establishing and directing a new body for the management of Wales natural resources.
In these papers, the Welsh Government have set out their aspiration to manage the environment of Wales in more joined up ways, resulting in better and more sustainable decisions. The central proposal is to move to an ecosystem approach, regulating the environment as a whole rather than dealing with individual aspects separately.
The consultation will principally inform the proposed 2014/15 Environment Bill and the proposed Planning Bill. The Welsh Government is also looking to create a single environment body bringing together the functions of the Environment Agency Wales, the Forestry Commission Wales and the Countryside Council for Wales. This would have a key role in protecting natural resources, supporting economic development, reducing the risks from flooding and helping ensure quality of life for people.
The organisation would provide environmental advice and input to planning processes and develop new legislation on sustainable development, environment and planning to modernise the legal framework.
Have your say
The LI will be responding to both of these consultation papers and is inviting members to comment on these documents. It is important that LI members across the UK engage with this process to ensure that the best framework for the delivery of environmental outcomes is achieved in Wales. The LI will be contacting interested members over the next few weeks to discuss the questions raised in more detail.
LI members who are interested in commenting on these papers should contact the Landscape Institute firstname.lastname@example.org by 18th April 2012.