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We want to make sure that you have the opportunity to get involved in how the Environment Bill develops. To do this, we need to make sure that we keep you informed about our work and that we’re listening to what you tell us.

A White Paper was published for consultation on 23 October 2012 and was open until 15 January 2014 for your views. This provided an opportunity to help inform and shape the development of the Bill and to find out more about our approach to natural resource management. The Summary of Consultation Responses to the White Paper was published in March 2014. The responses, along with other relevant evidence and research, will be used to inform the development of legislative proposals and the supporting policy framework.

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Consultation events on the Environment Bill White Paper

We held four regional consultation events to discuss the proposals in the Environment Bill White Paper, in addition to the Natural Resources Management Conference held on 25 November. The regional workshops were held on:

  • Monday 2 December 2013, Merthyr Tydfil
  • Wednesday 4 December 2013, Aberystwyth
  • Monday 9 December 2013, Llandudno Junction
  • Friday 10 January 2014, Cardiff.

The comments captured in these events fed directly into the consultation summary report and further development of the Environment Bill.  

Making the best of Wales' natural resources in the 21st Century Conference

On 25 November, we held the Natural Resources conference in Cardiff. Around 160 people attended this event. Speakers included:

  • the First Minister
  • Minister for Natural Resources and Food
  • representatives from: 
    • Natural Resources Wales
    • the European Commission
    • First Milk 
    • the Cambrian Mountains Initiative.  

The conference gave an opportunity to discuss the Environment Bill White Paper and other policies. We received around 700 items of feedback.

The conference report is available below.

You can view a short film of some of the speakers and attendees (external link) explaining explain why the conference was important to Wales on YouTube.