Night time economy framework »The framework aims to help develop a sustainable, healthy and safe night time economy in Wales.Learn more »
EU student funding guarantee for Welsh universities announced
EU students applying for a place at Welsh universities for the 2018/19 academic year will be eligible for financial support, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams announced today (Mon 24 April).
- Over £1m of Welsh Government funding helps children get a Flying Start
- Swansea based Oyster Bay Systems expands and set to create 19 new jobs with Welsh Government support
- EU student funding guarantee for Welsh universities announced
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Section highlightLandfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme
The scheme will support local community and environmental projects in areas affected by the disposal of waste to landfill.
Final Budget 2017-18 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Main Expenditure Groups (MEGs) for 2017-18 is £15bn.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
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See the schedule for all statistics and research releases.
The birds and habitats directives
Protecting and conserving Europe's wildlife and habitats.
The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (external link) and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) (external link) bring the requirements of these Directives into national law.
At the centre of the policy is the creation of a coherent ecological network of protected areas across the EU. This is known as the Natura 2000 network (external link). These protected areas are for habitats and species considered to be of outstanding international significance. Their purpose is to maintain or restore the habitats and species at a ‘favourable conservation status’ in their natural range. The network comprises:
- Special Protection Areas (SPAs) - classified to protect rare and vulnerable birds and regularly occurring migratory species
- Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) - designated for their important contribution to the conservation of natural habitats and species of the plants and animals they support.
In addition Natura 2000 sites some species of plants and animals are given additional protection. These are known as ‘European Protected Species’.
For more information visit Forestry Commission website - European Protected Species (external link) and Natural Resources Wales website - European Protected Species Licensing (external link).