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The BIG environment questions

At the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, there is much debate about how we will manage our natural environment in the future.

The merger of the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales and Forestry Commission Wales has created a new super environmental body called Natural Resources Wales. In addition to this, a White Paper setting out plans for a future Environment Bill will be published in 2013.

In light of these changes ahead, we've asked four Assembly Members who are members of the Welsh Assembly's Environment and Sustainability Committee to tell us why Wales' natural environment is important to them and to answer four BIG environment questions.

What are your priorities for the Welsh natural environment?

Russell George AM, Conservative, Montgomeryshire, says: 'I want to ensure that as a nation, Wales utilises its environmental resources in a sustainable manner and that we have a functioning organisation to achieve this aim.' More...

What are your priorities for the Welsh natural environment?

How important is Welsh wildlife to the Welsh economy?

Vaughan Gething AM, Labour, Cardiff South and Penarth, says: 'Visitors come to Wales for a wide range of reasons. Commercial attractions like are obvious examples. However for many visitors it's the natural environment of Wales that attracts them.' More...

How important is Welsh wildlife to the Welsh economy?

What should be done to tackle wildlife loss in Wales and who should be doing it?

Llyr Huws Gruffydd AM, Party of Wales, North Wales, says: 'We need to be able to show the value of wildlife and the environment as a whole and integrate these values into our everyday decision-making process.' More...

What should be done to tackle wildlife loss in Wales and who should be doing it?

How important is a healthy natural environment for the people of Wales?

William Powell AM, Liberal Democrat, Mid and West Wales, says: 'It is in this reflection, I argue, that we can understand the true importance that a healthy environment holds for the people of Wales. It stands as a mirror in which we can see ourselves more clearly and in which we can see what it is that our society holds most dear.' More...

How important is a healthy natural environment for the people of Wales?