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Forestry and woodland policy in Wales

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee of the National Assembly for Wales is launching an inquiry into forestry and woodland policy in Wales.


This will include looking at the Welsh Government’s delivery of its Woodlands for Wales strategy.


The Welsh Government recently gave the Committee an update on progress against its priorities in the strategy.


Our aim is to assess the delivery of the strategy in terms of its four strategic themes. We would like you to tell us to what extent you feel the Welsh Government is delivering against these themes. They are:

  • responding to climate change – coping with climate change and helping reduce our carbon footprint;
  • woodlands for people – serving local needs for health, education and jobs;
  • a competitive and integrated forest sector – innovative, skilled industries supplying renewable products from Wales; and
  • environmental quality – making a positive contribution to biodiversity, landscapes and heritage, and reducing other environmental pressures.


We also want you to tell us:

  • how the strategy is contributing to the delivery of duties under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Environment (Wales) Act 2016;
  • how the strategy will be considered in the context of emerging policies, plans and statements (e.g. National Natural Resources Policy, Biodiversity Plans and Area Statements); and,
  • the challenges and opportunities that arise from leaving the European Union.


We welcome responses in Welsh or English from individuals and organisations. We ask that organisations with their own language policies provide bilingual responses in line with those policies.


Submissions should be no longer than 2,000 words, contain numbered paragraphs, and sources of evidence should be referenced and hyperlinked where possible.


Submitting evidence

General information regarding consultation procedures, which should be considered carefully before submitting evidence to the Committee, is set out in guidance for those providing evidence for committees.

An electronic copy of your submission form should be returned to:


Please make sure your response reaches us by 7 April 2017. The Committee will review all the written evidence at its meeting on 4 May 2017 and, based on the responses, take a decision as to which organisations / individuals to call to give oral evidence at a meeting in June.


Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee
National Assembly for Wales
Pierhead Street
CF99 1NA

Telephone: 0300 200 6565



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