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Under the Government of Wales Act 2006 we have a legal duty to sustainable development.

It states that:

Welsh Ministers must make a scheme ("the sustainable development scheme") setting out how they propose to promote sustainable development.

Two other key duties apply:

  • Welsh Ministers must report each year on how the proposals set out in the scheme have been implemented; and
  • After every National Assembly for Wales election Welsh Ministers must also publish a report assessing how effective they have been (through the scheme) in promoting sustainable development.