Help to Buy – Wales Shared Equity Scheme »This shared equity loan will make up the shortfall between the purchase price of a property and the funding available to buyers through their cash deposit and mortgage offer.Learn more »
First Minister welcomes publication of Welsh Speaking Communities report
First Minister, Carwyn Jones, has today welcomed the publication of the report and proposed work plan of the Welsh Speaking Communities Task and Finish Group.
- Views sought on positive plans to create a better Wales
- Moving forward, changing lives: New employment programme to help Wales’ hardest to reach young people
- First Minister welcomes publication of Welsh Speaking Communities report
- Consultation on Regional engagement partnership structures in the tourism sector
- Implementation of Commission Directive 2013/45/EU concerning the change to the botanical name of tomato
- School term dates regulations
- Managing radioactive waste safely
- Draft Statutory Instrument - Infant formula and follow-on formula (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014
- Beyond 2011: Consultation on Census and future provision of population statistics in England and Wales
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Section highlightThe Housing (Wales) Bill
The Bill will introduce significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightDraft Budget 2014-15
Our focus is on protecting the NHS and schools, boosting economic growth and creating jobs, as well as tackling poverty and protecting the vulnerable.
Final Budget 2014-15 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2014-15 is £14.9bn.Learn more »
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Wales bio-diversity partnership
The Wales Biodiversity Partnership contributes to the delivery of Global, European and national targets for biodiversity and ecosystems. The role of the Wales Biodiversity Partnership focuses on:
- prioritising and promoting activity to ensure biodiversity conservation (protection, enhancement and restoration) and associated benefits for ecosystem structure and function are planned and delivered at the appropriate scale
- developing and communicating the understanding of the dynamic relationship within species, between species and their abiotic environment in order to conserve ecosystem structure and function
- providing expertise on the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources
- working with local and regional partners to ensure management of the environment, and of human activity which impacts on the environment, at the appropriate level incorporating local knowledge, innovations and practices
- identify evidence requirements and build consensus on priorities to inform the development and delivery of biodiversity conservation and the Ecosystem Approach.
What is the Wales Biodiversity Partnership?
The Wales Biodiversity Partnership (WBP) brings together key players from the public, private and voluntary sectors to promote and monitor biodiversity and ecosystem action in Wales. WBP provides a leadership role and an expert steer on priorities for action on biodiversity and ecosystems in Wales. WBP consists of a steering group (SG), a wider partnership and a support team.
Membership of the wider partnership is free and open to all interested organisations and individuals who have an interest in biodiversity and ecosystems conservation and enhancement.
More information can be found on the Wales Biodiversity Partnership website (external link).
Wales Biodiversity Partnership consists of approximately 30 Steering Group members who coordinate biodiversity action in Wales. The steering group meets 3 times a year and all papers and minutes arising are published on the website.
The steering group membership is drawn from representatives from:
- Welsh Government
- Natural Resources Wales
- Wales Environment Link
- Voluntary sector organisations
- Welsh Universities
- National Parks
- National Trust
- Climate Change Commission Wales
- Partnership Against Wildlife Crime
- British Waterways
- Dŵr Cymru
- Local Record Centres
- Local Biodiversity Partnerships
- Wales Local Government Association
- Association of Local Government Ecologists.
The steering group does not act exclusively, the WBP wider partnership is crucial for delivering 'on the ground' biodiversity action.
The steering groups main aim is to provide co-ordination and leadership to achieve and communicate the biodiversity outcomes and targets in a consistent manner across Wales. The group is chaired by the Welsh Government and is the primary link between UK policy and biodiversity activity in Wales. It advises the Welsh Government on actions needed in Wales in response to related UK, EU or international issues. The Steering Group is supported by working groups dealing with specific biodiversity-related issues.
The WBP wider partnership is a broad network of organisations, local partnerships, and individuals who are committed to biodiversity conservation and enhancement in Wales. The wider network's main aim is to provide advice and expertise to the steering group, respond to and influence decision-making and contribute to biodiversity activity in Wales.
Members of the combined partnership are encouraged to participate in the WBP working groups, WBP ecosystem and species expert groups. Members are also encouraged to prepare funding bids, assist in influencing strategy and environmental policies development through internal processes and external consultations and outreach events.
The dates of Steering Group meetings and the papers to be tabled are provided on the WBP website in advance of meetings to ensure effective lines of communication are maintained between the national and regional partnerships when discussing issues and ideas. Input from WBP members is welcomed at all times.
The Wales Biodiversity Partnership requires sufficient support to ensure the structure is fully functioning to maximise benefit from partnership working. This work contributes to the work of the A Living Wales programme with communication channels and methods of joint working in development. The work of the WBP Support Team includes:
- supporting groups at a local, regional and national level
- collating, distilling and communicating information and best practice
- supporting the Biodiversity Action Reporting system (BARS)
- influencing policy development and implementation including the biodiversity duty
- co-ordinating awareness activity and professional development opportunities through the annual conference and workshop events throughout the year.
The WBP Support Team consists of two full-time officers hosted by Wildlife Trusts Wales, a support officer based in Natural Resources Wales and support from Welsh Government Biodiversity and Nature Conservation branch.