A new approach to sustainable land management in Wales

The UK’s decision to leave the EU presents us with a unique opportunity to develop new policies that will help Welsh Government meet its aspiration for Wales to be a world leading sustainable country, as set out in the Well-being of Future Generations Act and the Environment Act.  Key to this will be reform of existing land use policies, most importantly the Common Agricultural Policy, which despite supporting farmers for decades has failed to build resilient agriculture and prevent damage to the environment. 

A new policy framework, aligned with Wales’ commitment to sustainable development would secure benefits for people, the environment and nature as well as a sustainable economic future for farmers, other land managers and wider rural communities.  This new framework would:

  1. Support sustainable land management that maintains and enhances nature and the resilience of ecosystems to provide wide ranging social, economic and environmental benefits for Wales.

 

  1. Secure sustainable amounts of safe, healthy food and timber and provide a diverse range of sustainable products that generate income and employment for rural businesses and contributes to a diverse rural economy. 

 

  1. Ensure that all public money invested in land management delivers true value by securing benefits for wider society.

 

  1. Engage with wider society to help people make choices that recognise and reward sustainability as the norm in the way they live.

 

A realistic transition period towards these new arrangements will be vital and particularly important for the most economically vulnerable, such as those in our extensive livestock sector (typically associated with the uplands) who are often farming in marginal areas but which are of high environmental, landscape, recreational and nature value.

Why the contribution is important

This new framework will support progressive, innovative farmers and land managers, providing them with the certainty to engage in sustainable production. It will ensure public money is focused on supporting resilient rural businesses capable of meeting diverse environmental challenges such as the restoration of habitats,   storage of atmospheric carbon and the natural management of flood risk and drinking water and in doing so ensure the best use of the land in Wales for everyone. 

A similar ambition for sustainable management of our seas is also important.

 

RSPB Cymru

by arfonwilliams on September 11, 2016 at 05:18PM

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  • Posted by davidve September 12, 2016 at 13:50

    It is vital that to be truly sustainable woodland creation and restocking has to include a sufficient proportion of commercial species to ensure economic viability
  • Posted by AlexandraCook September 27, 2016 at 10:22

    This sounds good although a bit vague. What exactly are "benefits for wider society" and "engaging with wider society"? Many people living in towns in rural areas feel very disassociated with farmland, which creates backdrop to their lives but is inaccessible (lack of footpaths, public transport and human connection to the farming community, lack of interest too). This is not a healthy relationship.

    It is vitally important that public money won't go to some smoke screen / green wash grants for clever bureaucrats.

    "This new framework will support progressive, innovative farmers and land managers, providing them with the certainty to engage in sustainable production" - Please support the innovative folks, like ones dreaming of creating all sorts of eco-villages, homesteads and seasteads, various intentional communities. Let people experiment with different models of sustainable countryside management and alternative lifestyles - rather than picking favorites. Let the best models win.
  • Posted by CelynMenai February 23, 2017 at 13:54

    Diolch i chi am rannu eich syniadau a sylwadau!

    Mae eich blaenoriaethau a syniadau yn cael eu defnyddio i helpu’r Pwyllgor i ysgrifennu ei adroddiad ar sut y gallwn ddatblygu egwyddorion sy'n sail i bolisi amaethyddiaeth a datblygu gwledig newydd i Gymru. Am ragor o wybodaeth, plîs cysylltwch â fi ar celyn.cooper@cynulliad.cymru. Mi fyddai’n sicr o ddiweddaru’r tudalennau hyn a’r sgwrs fel mae hyn yn datblygu.

    Mae eich syniadau a’ch blaenoriaethau hefyd wedi bod o gymorth i’r Pwyllgor wrth iddo wahodd sefydliadau a chyrff cynrychioliadol i’r Senedd i roi tystiolaeth ar lafar ar ddyfodol amaeth yng Nghymru.

    O ddiddordeb , mae'r Pwyllgor yn cynnal nifer o ymgynghoriadau newydd ar hyn o bryd. Mae croeso i chi gysylltu yn uniongyrchol, neu ymweld â wefan y Pwyllgor am fanylion pellach: http://www.assembly.wales/cy/bus-home/committees/Pages/Committee-Profile.aspx?cid=444

    Diolch o galon i chi gyd eto!

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    Thank you for sharing your idea and comments!

    Your ideas and priorities are now being used to help the Committee write its report on how we can develop principles to underpin a new agriculture and rural development policy for Wales. For more information, please do contact me @ celyn.cooper@assembly.wales. I’ll also make sure to update the pages and this thread to keep you updated as this progresses.

    Your ideas and priorities have also been a great support for the Committee as it invited representative organisations and bodies to come to the Senedd and give oral evidence on the future of agriculture in Wales.

    Of interest, the Committee is also undertaking a number of other inquiries at the moment that may be of interest. You're more than welcome to contact me directly, or visit the Committee's webpage for more information on how to get involved: http://www.assembly.wales/en/bus-home/committees/Pages/Committee-Profile.aspx?cid=444

    Thank you again for all your contributions!
    Diolch!
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