Environment and Sustainability Committee


Meeting Venue:

Committee Room 3 - Senedd




Meeting date:

Wednesday, 21 May 2014




Meeting time:

09.30 - 11.40




This meeting can be viewed on Senedd TV at:



Concise Minutes:




Assembly Members:


Alun Ffred Jones AM (Chair)

Mick Antoniw AM

Russell George AM

Llyr Gruffydd AM

Julie James AM

Julie Morgan AM

William Powell AM

Antoinette Sandbach AM

Joyce Watson AM








Leanne Bird, Ceredigion County Council

James Byrne, Wildlife Trusts Wales

Ceri Davies, Executive Director, Knowledge, Strategy and Planning, Natural Resources Wales

Catrin Evans, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Julia Korn, Ecosystems and Biodiversity Adviser, Natural Resources Wales

Steve Lucas, Bat Conservation Trust

Katie-jo Luxton, RSPB Cymru

Rebecca Sharp, Neath Port Talbot County Council






Committee Staff:


Alun Davidson (Clerk)

Catherine Hunt (Deputy Clerk)

Nia Seaton (Researcher)





View the meeting transcript.


1    Introductions, apologies and substitutions

1.1 Apologies were received from Gwyn Price.  There were no substitutions.


2    Roundtable discussion on biodiversity - State of Nature partners

2.1 The witnesses responded to questions from members of the Committee.


2.2 Ms Luxton agreed to provide details of which 2 recommendations made by the previous Sustainability Committee in its report on biodiveristy in 2011 had been completed.


2.3 James Byrne agreed to provide a paper on the effect on puffins in Pembrokeshire.


3    Roundtable discussion on biodiversity - Natural Resources Wales and local authorities

3.1 The witnesses responded to questions from members of the Committee.


3.2 Julia Korn agreed to provide an update on Natural Resources Wales’ data hub.


4    Papers to note

4.1 The Committee noted the minutes.


5    Letter from the Minister for Natural Resources and Food - Sustainable Land Management : Follow up from 1 May meeting

5.1 The Committee noted the letter.