Disappointing delays to important Welsh nature laws

Friday 19 July 2019

RSPB Cymru Sustainable Development Manager, Annie Smith, said:

Fersiwn Gymraeg ar gael yma.

‘Earlier this week (16 July), Mark Drakeford announced that two key pieces of environmental law will be delayed until after the next Assembly election in 2021.

‘We are bitterly disappointed that the Welsh Government hasn’t committed to introducing two pieces of legislation that are critical to the future of Wales’ people and wildlife during this Assembly term. The Welsh Government’s plans to replace farm subsidies with payments to farmers to deliver public goods, including homes for nature, are absolutely vital to nature’s recovery in Wales. We must not lose this positive momentum.

‘Similarly, securing core EU environmental principles in Welsh law and ensuring citizens’ environmental rights and access to justice are essential to protecting nature in Wales post Brexit. Whilst it is encouraging that Welsh Government is working with other governments on this issue, any delay puts nature’s recovery in jeopardy at a time when the world is recognising we are facing an ecological emergency. The Welsh Government must act quickly to put interim arrangements in place to avoid a governance gap in Wales.

The international community will come together in 2020 to acknowledge that the world has failed to meet targets to reverse wildlife declines. We need the Welsh Government to show strong ambition and leadership in its commitment to nature’s recovery.’

ENDS

Editor’s notes:
1. The RSPB is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

Last Updated: Friday 19 July 2019

Tagged with: Country: Wales Country: Wales Topic: Wales Topic: Farming Topic: Law Topic: Wales