Presentation on theme: "Managing Wales’ Natural Resources"— Presentation transcript:
1 Managing Wales’ Natural Resources Andy FraserHead of Natural Resource ManagementDepartment for Natural Resources
2 Case for changeEvidence shows that the capacity of our natural resources to continue to provide the services on which we depend is diminishingInterventions and actions needed to enable Wales to grow sustainably, increase resilience and manage natural resources efficiently
3 Our commitmentsFresh legal framework to manage Wales’ natural resources in a joined-up and sustainable way and support achievement of Well-being GoalsStrong links to the WFG Act and Planning Bill processes, principles and aimsBringing together or replacing existing processes and providing better evidence and greater certainty
4 Environment (Wales) Bill Places seven well-being goals into law, and requires public bodies to apply the sustainable development principle in ways that follow five key ways of working.Put in place a modern statutory process to help plan and manage our natural resources in a more sustainable and joined up wayHave an efficient process to ensure the right development is located in the right placeWell-being ofFuture Generations(Wales) ActEnvironment (Wales) BillPlanning(Wales) Bill
5 Environment (Wales) Bill A modern approach to managing our natural resources in a proactive and joined-up way in a way that:is compatible with and supports the principles of SD for natural resource planning and management (and specifically the requirements of the WFG Act)Enshrines the 12 principles of the UN CBDEstablish the legislative framework necessary to tackle climate changeBy going “beyond protection”, help to secure Wales’ long-term well-being, so that it benefits from a prosperous economy, a healthy and resilient environment and vibrant, cohesive communities
6 Addresses fundamental weaknesses in the current statutory framework Modern legislation for managing Wales’ natural resources that is equally focused on opportunities and challengesKey measures to tackle climate changePowers to enhance the current carrier bag charging schemeImproving Wales’ waste management processesRemoves unnecessary complexity, simplifies processes and plans and improves the regulatory framework
7 Creation of NRW in 2013 major step forward Addresses fundamental weaknesses in the current statutory frameworkCurrent environmental legislation framework is reactive, issue-specific and can be inefficient.Creates a barrier to effective planning and limits ability to manage Wales’ natural resources in a sustainable way.Creation of NRW in 2013 major step forwardBut NRW remains bound by weaknesses in the existing legislative framework.Bill has been designed to address these weaknesses by enabling integrated delivery, simplification and efficiency.
8 Modern legislation for managing Wales’ natural resources that is equally focused on opportunities and challengesIntroduces a statutory framework for the Sustainable Management of Natural ResourcesKey aim of Part 1 of the Bill:“to manage our natural resources in a way and at a rate that can maintain and enhance the resilience of our ecosystems whilst meeting the needs or present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”Includes definitions of “natural resources” and “sustainable management of natural resources”
9 Definitions Natural Resources: Includes (but is not limited to) – Animals, plants and other organisms;Air, water and soil;Minerals;Geological features and processes;physiographical features;Climatic features and processesSustainable Management of Natural Resources:Using natural resources in a way and at a rate that…maintains and enhances the resilience of ecosystems and the benefits they provide and, in doing so, meet the needs of present generations of people without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
10 Sustainable management of natural resources State of Natural Resources Report(SoNaRR)Area StatementsNational Natural Resource Policy (NNRP)The priorities identified in the National Policy will be delivered at a local level through Area Statements produced by NRW.The State of Natural Resources Report (SoNaRR), produced by NRW, will report on the status of Wales’ natural resources and track the progress being made towards achieving the sustainable management of natural resources. It will also serve as an essential evidence base to underpin the NNRP.The National Natural Resource Policy will set out the priorities for the sustainable management of natural resources at a national level. It will outline how the sustainable management of Wales’ natural resources will provide benefits to society and the economy as well as the environment, supporting the goals outlined in the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act.
11 State of Natural Resources Report (SoNaRR) Environment (Wales) BillState of Natural Resources Report (SoNaRR)NRW to lead on reporting on the status of Wales’ natural resourcesTo be published in line with Assembly electionsNRW can ask public bodies to provide information to help it compile the reportTo be effective, this evidence base must inform other key documents, such as NNRP and Area StatementsA snapshot of natural resources and their resilience.SoNaRR will be a statutory document, prepared by NRWFirst element of the statutory cycle, to be published once every 5 years, after the Assembly electionsMust be published 6 months at latest after electionSoNaRR will set out how our natural resources are contributing to environmental, economic and social well-beingThe report may recommend to Welsh Ministers, and the FG Commissioner, what changes are needed to ensure natural resources can continue to sustain and contribute to long-term benefits for WalesInitial report planned for late 2014Data and information to inform the Future Trends ReportContent of SoNaRR will communicate the contribution the sustainable management of natural resources will make to delivering the Well-being goals.1111
12 National Natural Resources Policy (NNRP) Environment (Wales) BillNational Natural Resources Policy (NNRP)Drawing on SoNaRR, Welsh Ministers will set a clear policy for the sustainable management of natural resourcesTo include opportunities, challenges and priorities to optimise national social, economic and environmental benefitsNNRP to be reviewed every Government termSets out consideration of climate change mitigation and adaptationDraft report planned for spring 2015Will set the priorities for the sustainable management of natural resources at the national level which can be delivered through the area-based approach and statements.Must be published at latest 3 months after SoNaRRNot just challenges, but positive opportunitiesreviewed every 5 years, in line with Assembly election cycle, and following publication of SoNaRRWelsh Ministers may consultSet out contribution to sustainable management of natural resourcesWell-being goals and Welsh Ministers Well-being objectives will inform development of the NNRP and will link across to National Development FrameworkMay also be informed by other evidence, such as the Future Trends Report1212
13 Area Statements Environment (Wales) Bill NRW must publish Area Statements to implement the priorities of NNRP at a local levelSpecify the priorities and opportunities for the sustainable management of natural resources within an area, and specify how NRW proposes to address themIncludes direction making, information sharing and mutual assistance provisionsEvidence gathered will feed back into SoNaRR and to inform the next iteration of the NNRPWhen NRW have prepared an area based statement it must be sent to Welsh Ministers for approvalWelsh Ministers may also guidance on the scope of content of statementsCertain public bodies must share information in the preparation of the statementsAll Wales coverageContribute to and inform delivery of the Well-being objectives and Well-being plans.This will enable the management of natural resources to feed into the preparation of Local Development Plans.13
14 Environment Bill: other Part 1 provisions Environment (Wales) BillEnvironment Bill: other Part 1 provisionsBiodiversity and resilience of ecosystems dutyRefocuses s40 of NERC Act 2006 for public authorities who carry out functions in Wales, so the requirements are in line with principles of SMNRSharpens requirement on public authorities:s40: “have regard”Env Bill: “must seek to maintain and enhance”And in doing so promote ecosystem resilienceRetains s42 (biodiversity lists) requirementsPublic authorities must publish a compliance report (before end of 2019 and every third year thereafter)Iterative cycle natural resources management - products interrelates141414
15 Statutory climate change target for 2050: Key measures to tackle climate changeStatutory climate change target for 2050:At least an 80% reduction in emissions against 1990 levelsFramework for setting:Interim targetsCarbon BudgetsAccelerate progress in tackling causes and consequences of climate change, contributing to achievement of Well-being Goals.Will also help to inform priorities in the National Development Framework, Strategic Development and Local Development Plans.