The report has been designed to support the public sector in Wales in making better decisions for the long term.

It identifies the key social, economic, environmental and cultural trends that could affect Wales in the future, as well as some of the factors that could influence the direction of those trends.

The report sets out the future trends under six themes:

  • Population
  • Health
  • Economy & infrastructure
  • Climate change
  • Land use & natural resources
  • Society & culture

This report comprises three elements: parts A and B of this document and a number of data slides belonging to each of the six areas covered. The report encourages readers to consider these trends in combination with each other, and to start to identify and discuss the potential opportunities and challenges they might present for us all. Whilst the report is updated at the start of each Assembly, the data slides are updated at more regular intervals.  The latest report was published in 2017, and the slides updated in April 2019. The Future Trends Wales Programme also provides an online resource where you will be able gain access to further futures research and toolkits from around Wales and beyond. To gain access to this resource or to discuss anything else regarding futures work within Welsh Government, including training and workshop facilitation offers please contact


Future Trends report 2017
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