National Resource Policy published by the Welsh Government

On 21st August the Welsh Government published its new Natural Resource Policy (NRP), the second major milestone after ‘The State of Natural Resources Report (SoNaRR) 2016’ in the implementation of the Environment (Wales) Act.

SoNaRR outlined how Wales’ natural resources provide the country with a wide range of benefits and opportunities. The Welsh Government says it needs to improve the way natural resources are managed in Wales in order to realise these benefits.

The NRP’s main focus is the sustainable management of Wales’ natural resources, to maximise their contribution to achieving goals within the Well-being of Future Generations Act. The policy sets out three National Priorities which include:

  • Delivering nature-based solutions;
  • Increasing renewable energy and resource efficiency; and
  • Taking a place-based approach.


The Cabinet Secretary, Lesley Griffiths, has said that focusing efforts on key areas will allow Wales to directly address the challenges affecting the country’s natural resources and realise the benefits they provide for the well-being and prosperity of the nation.

The Welsh Government says the next step in implementing the NRP will be for Natural Resources Wales to produce area statements “to ensure that the national priorities for sustainable management of natural resources inform the approach to local delivery”.

Link to Natural Resource Policy.

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