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Welsh Government Consultations

The Welsh Government is consulting on bringing together the functions of the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW), Environment Agency Wales (EAW) and the Forestry Commission Wales (FCW) into a single body.

Among the strategic delivery needs the "new body would continue to have an important role in planning and providing for opportunities for outdoor recreation and its management."

The proposed aim of the new body is stated as: "To maintain, improve and develop Wales' natural resources, to deliver benefit to the people and economy of Wales now and into the future."

Environment Minister John Griffiths believes the single body will ensure the most sustainable and effective management of Wales' natural resources. If it all goes to schedule, the three public bodies will disappear on April 1st 2013.

It is reckoned creating a single body would save 158m over ten years but that is without factoring in the substantial costs of the merger. You can find the consultation document and details of how to respond here. Comments have to be submitted by 2nd May and the Government strongly urges tourism organisations to respond, particularly the business sector, as they feel there are opportunities for working together in new ways.

Sustaining a Living Wales is a green paper that is also out for consultation and concerns a new approach in Wales to natural resource management. When it was launched, CCW Chairman, Morgan Parry, said: "This green paper should stimulate a lively debate which will inform a new approach, enabling us to manage land, water and living resources in a way that promotes nature conservation and sustainable use, recognising that humans with their cultural diversity are an integral part of ecosystems." You can find further information and the document here. The deadline for submitting a response is 31st May.

Topic: Single Environment Body, Sustaining a Living Wales, Recreation in Snowdonia.

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