Welsh Government is consultating on proposals to further the delivery of the sustainable management of natural resources in line with the new legislative framework established in the Environment Act.
Proposals are presented under two themes:
• optimising economic, social and environmental benefits from natural resources by aligning forestry, designated landscapes and access to the outdoors to the sustainable management of natural resources (SMNR); and
• achieving better and smarter regulation by presenting a package of reforms for a modern regulatory framework.
The consultation covers a broad range of subject areas which are highly relevant to the farming sector, including:
• changing the statutory functions of designated landscapes
• reforms to access legislation including increasing the range of activities on access land and public rights of way
• abstraction reform
• the introduction of basic measures for agriculture to protect water, air and soil quality
• extending the jurisdiction of the Agricultural Land Tribunal Wales
• further regulatory action in addition to existing controls on the use of snares
The proposals are summarised in the NFU Cymru Briefing here (available to logged in members). You are encouraged to refer to the full consultation document for detailed information on proposals.
The consultation closes on 30 September 2017 and we would welcome your views to inform our consultation response. Please contact Rachel Lewis-Davies, NFU Cymru National Environment and Land Use Adviser on (01982) 554200 or e-mail UmFjaGVsLkxld2lzLURhdmllc0BuZnUub3JnLnVr