Natural Resources Wales
|Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru|
|Welsh Government Sponsored Body overview|
|Formed||1 April 2013|
|Headquarters||Tŷ Cambria, Newport Road, Cardiff
|Annual budget||£180 million GBP|
|Welsh Government Sponsored Body executives|
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, when it took over the management of the natural resources of Wales. 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.
As a justification for the merger, the Welsh Government claimed that the new body would produce savings of £158 million over ten years. Whilst the three agencies were broadly supportive of the move, the board appointed by Environment minister John Griffiths did not include any representatives from the forestry sector, 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.
Natural Resources Wales is responsible for over forty different types of regulatory regime, having inherited these roles from its predecessor organisations. They include:
- 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)
- "Environment body chairman promises efficient service". BBC News. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
- "Chief executive named for merged environmental body". BBC News. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
- "Timetable". Welsh Government. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
- "Single Body". Welsh Government. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
- "One environment body will save £158m - Welsh government". BBC News. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
- "Forestry concern as minister names natural resources body". BBC News. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
- Natural Resources Wales / Regulatory responsibilities
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