Welsh resource body sets out stall with 'fresh approach' to environment
The future direction of new Welsh environment body Natural Resources Wales was outlined yesterday by Resources Minister Alun Davies during its official launch in Treherbert.
Natural Resources Wales is one of the first public bodies in the world that will consider social, environmental and economic benefits in the way it manages natural resources and improves the environment.
Davies talked about the aspirations of the organisation in terms of the benefits the environment and natural resources can bring to people and communities, for the economy and for wildlife.
"The natural environment really is crucial to our economy here in Wales so it is vital that it is managed as effectively and efficiently as possible," he said.
"The Welsh Government has created Natural Resources Wales because we believe one body will result in a more streamlined way of working and will ensure more effective delivery and improved value for money."
During the event, those attending also heard testimony from local people who have benefitted from the Woodland and You Project. This initiatives encourages local people to use their local woodlands to help them learn new skills, gain confidence and live a healthier lifestyle.
The area has benefitted from work to tackle fly-tipping and environmental crime and improve wildlife and conservation.