Review of the legislation managing the Welsh crustacean fisheries »The crustacean fisheries are the mainstay of the Welsh fishing industry, with £3.8 million worth of crustaceans landed into Wales in 2012.Learn more »
£50 on-the-spot fine for people caught smoking in cars carrying children proposed in Wales
People in Wales could face a £50 on-the-spot fine if they are caught flouting a ban on smoking in cars carrying children under plans unveiled by the Welsh Government.
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- Minister sets out plans to help Welsh nature thrive
- £50 on-the-spot fine for people caught smoking in cars carrying children proposed in Wales
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- Draft guidance on housing association board member remuneration
- Smoke-free private vehicles carrying children
- Nature Recovery Plan for Wales
- Reservoir Safety in Wales: Consultation on the Commencement of Schedule 4 to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010
- Amending the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009 to transpose Article 38 of the Offshore Safety Directive
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Section highlightThe Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) BillThe Bill strengthens existing governance arrangements for improving the well-being of Wales to ensure that present needs are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightWales for Africa grant
The Wales for Africa grant supports projects that build mutually beneficial links between Wales and Sub-Saharan Africa.
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 »
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Environment - protection and quality
Through our work around waste, water, flood risk management, energy efficiency and energy supply we are helping create these more sustainable communities.
Protecting our communities
The local environmental quality of our neighborhoods is a concern for many. Issues such as fly-tipping, littering, graffiti, dog fouling and noise can be major problems.
We are committed to tackling these issues, not just through regulation and enforcement but also by funding initiatives such as Tidy Towns which aims to empower communities to take action to improve the quality of their local environment. There is also Fly-tipping Action Wales which is a Natural Resources Wales led initiative tackling fly-tipping.
Adapting to the impacts of climate change
Tackling climate change is really important to us. We need to take steps now to cope with its likely impacts – such as on flooding and water supply - and act to reduce Wales’ carbon footprint. This is the major challenge for governments worldwide and Wales is leading the way in many areas.
How we are tackling waste
Reducing the amount of waste we produce and recycling as much as possible can bring economic as well as environmental benefits. Our ambition is for Wales to recycle 70 per cent of all waste by 2025 and be 'zero waste' by 2050.
In 2010-2011 we recycled 44 per cent of our municipal waste. We are working closely with local authorities and other sectors to make sure that we prevent waste wherever we can and recycle everything which can be recycled.
The quality of our water and air
The quality of the environment is important to us. Air and water quality is vastly improved compared to Wales’ industrial era. We continue to monitor levels of pollution and work with the organisations responsible to comply with the latest European standards.
Regulating our environment and pollutants
One of the most important tools we have for protecting our environment is regulation. It ensures that everyone has the same protection from environmental hazards. Chemicals, radioactivity and pollution from industrial sources all need to be regulated.
The Environmental Permitting Regulations address all forms of industrial pollution. Our chemicals legislation means safety data on hazardous substances is provided and acted upon throughout the supply chain. Other regulation ensures that the benefits of using radioactive materials can be gained while protecting human health and the environment.