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Natural Resources Wales

April 9, 2013
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In April a new natural resources body became operational in Wales. Natural Resources Wales brings together the work of the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales and Forestry Commission Wales, as well as some functions of Welsh Government. Its purpose is to ensure that the natural resources of Wales are sustainably maintained, enhanced and used. Natural Resources Wales is the principal adviser to the Welsh Government on the environment, enabling the sustainable development of Wales’ natural resources for the benefit of people, the economy and wildlife. 

Natural Resources Wales is the regulatory authority in Wales for a wide range of environmental legislation. Some examples are:

― Major industry (refineries, chemicals, cement, power stations, iron and steel, food and drink etc)
― Waste industry (storage, treatment, disposal)
― Sites of Special Scientific Interest – consents and assents
― Radioactive substances (nuclear and non-nuclear)
― European protected species licensing
― Marine licensing
― Tree felling licensing
― Water discharges (surface and groundwater)
― Water resources (abstraction, impoundment, drought)
― Packaging regulations and EU/UK trading schemes
― Commercial fisheries (eels, salmon, shellfish)
― Countryside Rights of Way Act – access restrictions, open access land