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Postcards from the children of Wales to NATO world leaders
Primary school pupils from Wales are to be given the opportunity to write a personal message to the NATO world leaders about their hopes for the future.
- Minister visits North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority
- Superfast broadband rolling-out across Pembrokeshire
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- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
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- Amending the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009 to transpose Article 38 of the Offshore Safety Directive
- Extending access to intermediary services for descendants and relatives of adopted people
- Renting Homes – Illustrative Model Contract
- Statutory Guidance to the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales in relation to the salaries of Local Authority Chief Executives
- The Ireland Wales Cooperation Programme 2014-2020
- Active Travel Action Plan
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Section highlightThe Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill
The Bill aims to improve the Public Sector response in Wales to gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
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 highlightProject pipeline update - June 2014
Our pipeline provides visibility of infrastructure investment activity across Wales.
1st Supplementary Budget 2014-15 »
The 1st Supplementary Budget proposes a number of changes to the Final Budget for 2014-15, which was published in December 2013.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
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Countryside and coastal access
The public and visitors have the right to walk on 20% of Wales.
This covers 360,000 hectares of open country and registered common land, and 100,000 hectares of Forestry Commission land. This land is spread across Wales, and some of it is within the National Parks.
Countryside & Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000
The Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000 gives walkers access to the countryside and amends the law on public rights of way within it. This came into force in Wales on 28 May 2005. All open country and registered common land has been mapped in Wales by The Countryside Council for Wales (CCW). Further information on this can be found on their website.
We can create secondary laws on rights of way covering:
- Part I Access Land (including maps);
- Part II Rights of Way;
- Part III Sites of Special Scientific Interest;
- Part IV Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; and
- Part V Local Access Forums.
Walking and cycling
Walking and cycling are excellent ways to get out into our natural environment. They are also cheap, healthy and environmentally friendly ways of travelling. Our footpaths and cycle routes are important assets.
In 2009, we launched a Walking and Cycling Action Plan for Wales 2009-2013. It encourages more walking and cycling so people use their cars less often. The plan contains targets to increase walking and cycling in children and adults.
Coastal access and the Wales Coast Path
Our Coastal Access Improvement Programme (CAIP) aims to improve existing coastal paths and to develop new routes. The Wales Coast Path was completed and opened on 05 May 2012.
Work is continuing to ensure everyone can use the path, including cyclists, disabled people and horse riders.
Access to water
The Splash fund is managed by NRW. It provides funding to increase safe and responsible access to water while considering the needs of the environment and different groups of people.
More information on all the above can be found by following the links on the left.