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Terms of reference
Events, studies and reports highlighted that a sustainable
future for agriculture and our environment was by no means certain. Further,
aspects of both were especially fragile and had limited resilience to
When it came to agriculture and the natural environment, it
was clear to us that we could not realise a sustainable future for one without
the other. That is why we believed it was important that we looked at the
resilience and sustainability of our land management practices and policies in
We gathered evidence and analysed the issues that arose
before drawing conclusions and making recommendations to help ensure that the
Welsh Government was using its policy tools to maximum effect to ensure that
our land was managed in a sustainable way.
In order to arrive at this position we addressed three key
- What do we want sustainable land
management in Wales to look like and what outcomes do we want to deliver
in the short, medium and longer term?
- What are the barriers preventing us from
delivering these outcomes now?
- How do we overcome these challenges?
- What are the main policy drivers and how
can these be shaped to overcome these challenges?
In doing so, we
wish in particular (though not exclusively) to gather your views on:
- How we define the key ecosystems and
ecosystem services in a way that makes sense for Wales?
- How we develop a baseline from which to
measure progress? This includes how we collect, coordinate and use data to
support sustainable land management in Wales.
- What incentives we can provide land
managers to develop sustainable practices, and in particular, any new
sources of investment we can attract to support these?
- How we ensure that our sustainable land
management policies maintain vibrant rural communities and attract new
entrants into the land-based sector?
- The most appropriate geographical
scale(s) at which we should be delivering sustainable land management
policies and practices in Wales?
- If there are key actions we can take to
deliver short-term ‘quick wins’ and the actions we should be taking for
In undertaking this inquiry, we were guided
by the views and opinions expressed to us at our stakeholder workshop on 3 July
2013. We maintained a dialogue with these stakeholders throughout the life of
Every meeting at which this inquiry was
considered appears under the ‘Meetings’ tab above.
Consultation responses, correspondence and
other relevant written documentation is published at the bottom of this page.
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