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Transcript: Transcript for 04/03/2021 - Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee - Fifth Senedd

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Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest


1.1 The Chair welcomed Members to the meeting.

1.2 In accordance with Standing Order 34.19, the Chair stated that he had determined that the public were excluded from the Committee’s meeting in order to protect public health.

1.3 The Chair stated that if for any reason he dropped out of the meeting, the Committee agreed that Jenny Rathbone MS would become Temporary Chair in accordance with Standing Order 17.22.

1.4 Apologies were received from Joyce Watson MS.

(13.45 - 15.00)


Legacy work: nature recovery

Rachel Sharp, Chief Executive Officer - Wildlife Trusts Wales, representing Wales Environment Link (WEL)

Annie Smith, Head of Nature Policy and Casework - Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Cymru

Arfon Williams, Head of Land and Sea Policy – Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Cymru

Clare Trotman, Policy and Advocacy Manager (Wales) or Gill Bell, Head of Conservation Wales - Marine Conservation Society


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2.1 The Committee heard evidence from representatives of Wales Environment Link (WEL), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Cymru, and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).



Legacy work: food exports

Gwyn Howells, Chief Executive – Meat Promotion Wales

Professor Terry Marsden - Emeritus Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning – Cardiff University

Pete Robertson, Chief Executive – Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Cymru

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3.1 The Committee heard evidence from Professor Marsden and representatives of Meat Promotion Wales, and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Cymru.



Papers to note


4.1 The papers were noted.


Correspondence from the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs regarding the Approved Country Lists (Animals and Animal Products) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

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Correspondence from the Minister for Housing and Local Government in relation to Future Wales - The National Plan 2040

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Correspondence from the Minister for Housing and Local Government regarding the British-Irish Council (BIC) Joint Housing and Spatial Planning Work Sectors Ministerial Meeting

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Motion under Standing Order 17.42 (vi) and (ix) to resolve to exclude the public from the remainder of the meeting


5.1 The motion was agreed.


Legacy work: consideration of evidence heard under items 2 and 3


6.1 The Committee considered the evidence received under items 2 and 3.