Environment (Wales) Act
The aim of this Bill is to provide for a more integrated management of the environment in Wales with greater environmental protection, economic and social benefits and for connected purposes.
A consultation on a Green Paper on a new approach to natural resource management in Wales was held in early 2012. RTPI Cymru's response to this consultation can be downloaded.
This followed a consultation in 2012 on A Living Wales, the Welsh Government's new framework for managing our environment, our countryside and our seas. The aim of a Living Wales is "to ensure that Wales has increasingly resilient and diverse ecosystems that deliver economic, environmental and social benefits."
An Environment Bill - White Paper closed for consultation in January 2014. The White Paper builds on the responses to the Green Paper to set out more fully legislative proposals for natural resource management, setting out proposals for the Environment (Wales) Bill. The RTPI response to the Environment Bill - White Paper can be viewed here along with the consultation form.
The Environment (Wales) Bill was introduced to the National Assembly for Wales on Monday 11th May 2015. The Bill was passed by the Assembly on 2 February 2016 and went on to receive Royal Assent and become an Act. More information can be found on the National Assembly for Wales website.