The Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee is undertaking an inquiry on biodiversity.
Natural Resources Wales’s (NRW’s) State of Natural Resources Report (SoNaRR) concluded that many species in Wales are in decline and that no habitat is truly ‘resilient’. The NGOs’ collaborative report, The State of Nature showed a decline over the long term (1970-2013) of 57% of wild plant species, 60% of butterflies and 40% of birds in Wales.
The Welsh Government and other public bodies have a duty under the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 to promote the resilience of ecosystems and maintain and enhance biodiversity. The Welsh Government’s Natural Resource Policy outlines the opportunities, priorities and risks for the sustainable management of natural resources in Wales. The Welsh Government also has a Nature Recovery Plan which is aimed at addressing the underlying causes of biodiversity loss.
Stakeholders have emphasised that the next significant opportunity for the Welsh Government to restore and enhance biodiversity is through its future land management policy, particularly the proposed Public Goods scheme outlined in the consultation Brexit and Our Land.
Monitoring biodiversity is an important aspect of environmental schemes in assessing their success. The Glastir Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (GMEP) was commissioned by the Welsh Government to assess the performance of Glastir. The Welsh Government has recently procured the Environment and Rural Affairs Monitoring and Modelling Programme (ERAMMP) to ‘establish a key evidence base informing Well-being of Future Generations indicators, the State of Natural Resources Report (SoNaRR), the Natural Resources Policy and the Decarbonisation Programme.’
In this new inquiry, the CCERA Committee will explore biodiversity restoration in the context of the proposed Public Goods scheme.
The terms of reference for the inquiry are:
Business type: Committee Inquiry
Reason considered: Assembly Business;
First published: 11/12/2018
Decision due: Meeting Date by Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee