The Welsh Government has launched its Environment Bill White Paper, which includes proposals for a new planning approach to natural resources

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Welsh Government launches Environment Bill White Paper

The aim of the bill is, says the government, to ‘ensure that we have the right legislative framework to manage our natural resources in a joined-up way, as committed in the Programme for Government.’

The White Paper sets out to:

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join-up the existing statutory frameworks for natural resource planning and management in Wales
ensure Natural Resources Wales has the legislative tools to help enable them to implement integrated natural resource management
take actions to ensure Wales’ natural resources are used to best effect and reduce waste
simplify, streamline and clarify the law for a number of existing environmental regulatory regimes.

* join-up the existing statutory frameworks for natural resource planning and management in Wales;

* ensure Natural Resources Wales has the legislative tools to help enable them to implement integrated natural resource management;

* take actions to ensure Wales’ natural resources are used to best effect and reduce waste;

* simplify, streamline and clarify the law for a number of existing environmental regulatory regimes.

The Government is inviting responses to the White Paper, with consultation to close on 15 January. Read more on the Government website  and if you are interested in responding, contact the LI’s Policy Consultant for Wales, Dr Ruth Williams.

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