7 Sep 2018
Natural Resources Wales are looking for partners to help develop Area Statements for the protection and enhancement of Welsh ecosystems
What are Area Statements and why do they matter?
Area Statements will help to facilitate the delivery of the Welsh
Natural Resources Policy at the local level. The
Environment (Wales) Act 2016 requires the Statements
to include information about the natural resources in that place,
the benefits they provide, and the priorities, risks and
opportunities that need to be addressed, to achieve sustainable
management of them.
Area Statements are an evidence base to help deliver sustainable
management of natural resources at a local level right across
Wales. They will bring together data, information, organisations,
and ways of engaging others to help better understand the
state and trends of natural resources in an area, the pressures on
them and the benefits we receive. In doing so, they should also
stimulate action and collaboration around management of natural
Area Statements are a fundamental building block for other
planning processes in Wales - in particular (but not exclusively)
Local Development Plans, National Park and AONB Management
Plans, Water Company Plans and NRW's own statutory and operational
planning processes. Because they need to feed into these
processes in a relevant and timely way - we need to ensure the
process for their development is done collaboratively, using the
collective knowledge from a broad range of stakeholders.
What progress has been made so
Natural Resources Wales have been working with stakeholders from
all sectors to understand and map natural resources across Wales.
They have developed an
overview webpage explaining what area statements are
in more detail, and a
priorities and challenges webpage outlining the
context for the area statements. They have also started to map
resources and priorities for each of the seven defined areas:
How can I get involved?
Natural Resources Wales and partners need people from all sectors,
organisations and communities to get involved in the process of
developing Area Statements. At every stage, initiatives by partners
are welcomed to help shape and raise awareness of Area Statements
through their networks.
If you'd like to get involved, please complete the
online survey or contact the Area Statement
If you would like to find out more about the Environment
(Wales) Act 2016, view our 'All You Need to