Why do we need an Environment Bill?
• For over 60 years, governments have sought to protect, regulate
and manage the environment through a series of approaches - this
has created complex bureaucratic systems
• We now have an opportunity to refresh the systems, and put in
place a more unified, purpose-designed approach
• We want to manage our natural resources in a better way to achieve
good outcomes for the environment, people, businesses and the
What is the aim of the Bill?
• To ensure that Wales can take advantage of
the opportunity our natural resources give us
to deliver green growth and a resilient,
prosperous future for our communities
How are we going to achieve our aim?
• First, we will aim to simplify the legislative
• Second, we will identify opportunities to make
• Third, we will move to an integrated approach to
natural resource management.
Theme 1 – Simplification and Integration
• To streamline and integrate the existing functions and
duties of Natural Resources Wales to ensure aligned with core
purpose – for example in relation to appeals processes
• Simplify other key areas of the legislative framework in
relation to natural resources, including Shellfisheries
Theme 2 – Proactive identification of
• To provide NRW with the tools for new ways of working which will
promote wider economic and social benefits – for example Payments
for Ecosystem Services.
This could include approaches to carbon storage and flood
• To improve other key regulatory areas such as Waste segregation to
ensure that the environment in Wales can better deliver wider
economic and social benefits.
Theme 3 – Natural Resource Planning
• To join up existing natural resource planning regimes
• To ensure decision making is underpinned by consideration
of long-term economic, social and environment impacts
• To establish a Natural resource framework which is
supported by a robust evidence base and informs decisions
at a national and local level.
In managing our natural resource in a joined up and sustainable way,
it follows that climate resilience and adaptation needs to be central
to the approach
What we want to achieve….
• For businesses
For example – powers for Payments for Ecosystem services – provide better
support for new markets in environmental services – support Green growth
• For communities
For example - Natural resource planning will ensure socio-economic factors are
considered in decision making and better targeted investment in local
• For the environment
For example – Natural resource management as a single planning focus will
enhance balanced decision making on the sustainable use land, air and
Increased resilience to pressures from climate change and reducing the
effects of climate change.
• Policy statement from us in September 2013
• Consultation on the Environment Bill White Paper
• Natural Resource Management conference in
• Regional engagement events in December
• Visit the website www.wales.gov.uk/naturalresourcesmanagement
• Email the team email@example.com to
receive our regular e-bulletin or to register for our conference
• Follow the Natural Resources Minister on twitter @WG_NatResMin
Thank you / Diolch yn fawr
Laura Fox – Bill Manager
Laura.Fox@Wales.GSI.Gov.UK / 02920 82 5028