Enhancing Welsh woodlands: Assembly Committee publishes report

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The Assembly’s Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee has published a report – Branching out – A new ambition for woodland policies. Launched at a stakeholder event at the Royal Welsh Show, the report sets out recommendations to the Welsh Government.

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Protecting agricultural workers in Wales

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The Welsh Government is currently consulting on the effectiveness of the Agricultural Sector (Wales) Act 2014. The Act aims to support a ‘resilient, sustainable and well-trained agricultural sector in Wales’, and in particular, regulates agricultural wages. The Act contains a ‘sunset clause’, meaning it will cease to have effect after 30 July 2018 if no new legislation is made to preserve it. The Welsh Government will use the outcome of the consultation to help it decide whether or not to maintain, amend or discontinue the Act.

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A transformed regulatory approach to natural resource management? Welsh Government seeks views.

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On 21 June, the Welsh Government launched a consultation: Taking Forward Wales Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, which proposes substantial changes to a number of environmental management frameworks. This comes at a time when environmental stakeholders are eagerly awaiting the Welsh Government’s Natural Resource Policy (NRP), which has missed the statutory deadline of 31 March under the Environment (Wales) Act 2016. The NRP is expected to set out the Welsh Government’s priorities for the sustainable management of natural resources. This raises the question- how does this new consultation, that was unexpected by many, fit with the NRP?

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Brexit, agriculture and rural life in Wales: Assembly Committee publishes report

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This article was originally published on 28 March 2017. It is being reposted ahead of the Plenary debate on 28 June 2017.

Following the result of the EU referendum, the Assembly’s Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee launched an inquiry into the Future of Agricultural and Rural Development Policies in Wales.

The Committee gathered a wealth of evidence over the six months of the inquiry hearing from, amongst others, farming unions, academics, environmentalists, foresters, LEADER representatives, the tourism industry and the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs. This included a stakeholder workshop, oral evidence sessions, written evidence and an on-line dialogue.

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Committee publishes its report on Welsh Government’s new proposals for tackling Bovine TB in Wales

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This article was originally published on 23 March 2017. It is being reposted ahead of the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs’ statement on 20 June 2017.

What is Bovine TB and what is the disease picture in Wales?

Bovine TB (bovine tuberculosis) is an infectious and chronic disease caused by Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis) and usually affects the lungs and lymph nodes of cattle. The latest figures for Wales show that in the 12 months to end January 2017, 10,002 cattle were slaughtered (this includes cattle with the disease and those exposed to M.bovis).

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