Natural Resources Wales

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Natural Resources Wales
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru
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Welsh Government Sponsored Body overview
Formed 1 April 2013 (2013-04-01)
Preceding agencies
Jurisdiction Welsh Government
Headquarters Tŷ Cambria, Newport Road, Cardiff
51°29′04″N 3°10′02″W / 51.4845°N 3.1671°W / 51.4845; -3.1671Coordinates: 51°29′04″N 3°10′02″W / 51.4845°N 3.1671°W / 51.4845; -3.1671
Employees 1,900
Annual budget £180 million GBP
Minister responsible
Welsh Government Sponsored Body executives
  • Diane McCrea[1], Chair
  • Emyr Roberts[2], Chief Executive
  • Dr Madeleine Havard, Deputy Chair
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Natural Resources Wales is responsible for environmental protection & regulation and the maintenance of natural resources throughout Wales

Natural Resources Wales (Welsh: Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru) is a Welsh Government sponsored body, which became operational from 1 April 2013,[3] when it took over the management of the natural resources of Wales.[4] It was formed from a merger of the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales, and the Forestry Commission Wales, and also assumes some other roles formerly taken by Welsh Government.[4]

Merger debate[edit]

As a justification for the merger, the Welsh Government claimed that the new body would produce savings of £158 million over ten years.[5] Whilst the three agencies were broadly supportive of the move,[5] the board appointed by Environment minister John Griffiths did not include any representatives from the forestry sector,[6] and Forestry Commission Wales chairman Jon Owen Jones - the former Welsh Labour MP for Cardiff Central - raised concerns that the forestry industry's voice would not be adequately heard in the new organisation.[7]

Regulatory functions[edit]

Natural Resources Wales is responsible for over forty different types of regulatory regime, having inherited these roles from its predecessor organisations. They include:[8]

  • consents and assents for sites of special scientific interest
  • radioactive substances (both nuclear and non-nuclear)
  • licensing of species protected under European law
  • marine licensing
  • licensing of tree felling
  • surface water & groundwater discharges
  • water abstraction and impoundment (and drought measures)
  • packaging regulations and EU/UK trading schemes
  • commercial fisheries of eels, salmon and shellfish
  • access restrictions and designation and review of open access land under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000
  • major industry (refineries, chemicals, cement, power stations, iron and steel, food and drink etc.)
  • waste industry (storage, treatment, disposal)


  1. ^ "Environment body chairman promises efficient service". BBC News. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Chief executive named for merged environmental body". BBC News. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Timetable". Welsh Government. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Single Body". Welsh Government. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "One environment body will save £158m - Welsh government". BBC News. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
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  7. ^ "Forestry concern as minister names natural resources body". BBC News. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Natural Resources Wales / Regulatory responsibilities

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