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Written Statement - Extending the Consultation period - Taking Forward Wales’ Sustainable Management of Natural Resources

Lesley Griffiths, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs

There has been a great deal of interest in the Taking Forward Wales’ Sustainable Management of Natural Resources Consultation, I launched on the 21 June. It is a real strength in Wales to have such engaged stakeholders providing us with their input and experience to help identify opportunities for Wales.

We have listened to our stakeholders and as such have extended the consultation period until the 30 September.

The written consultation is undertaken in parallel with active engagement with stakeholders both collectively through our roundtable group, and with individual sectors. It provides a further opportunity to work together to identify potential opportunities for Wales.

The consultation provides an opportunity for stakeholders across Wales to have a say on any legislation, which may be needed to address EU exit and whilst we are extending the consultation period, we would encourage early responses on these areas to help identify potential opportunities as early as possible.

I wish to thank those who have responded to the consultation and very much welcome further responses.

This statement is being issued during recess in order to keep members informed. Should members wish me to make a further statement or to answer questions on this when the Assembly returns I would be happy to do so.