National Trust Wales Response- A New Policy for Our Countryside

Leaving the European Union will be one of the most defining events for farming and our environment in living
memory, and provides a once in a generation opportunity to revitalise our countryside in a way that balances the
needs of everyone, for future generations.

Our vision is for a thriving, healthy countryside that also delivers multiple benefits for society. As well as
products such as food and timber, we also need the natural environment to provide services like clean water
and healthy soil, and the benefits to our wellbeing that contact with abundant and diverse nature brings. In turn,
these services play a key role in supporting a prosperous rural economy.

With farmland covering such a large area of our countryside farmers and land managers are uniquely placed to help
meet the challenge of restoring nature, and to capitalise on the opportunities this brings. It is critical therefore that the
environment, farming and rural development policies we develop for Walesare focused on this opportunity.

Recent polling shows that the public want support for agriculture to do more for nature. This isn’t a choice between food and the environment; the future of food, farming and nature is inextricably linked. We need to work in partnership to achieve a countryside rich in nature alongside vibrant communities and a thriving rural economy.

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.

2.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.

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

4.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

We hope our ideas can support a distinctly Welsh approach in which public money is focused on the provision of public goods ensuring that land use in Wales benefits everyone including future generations.

 

by EmilyKeenan on October 25, 2016 at 02:54PM

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  • Posted by CelynMenai February 23, 2017 at 14:03

    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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