UN Ocean Conference results in an international effort to protect oceans

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The 5 – 9 June 2017 saw New York City host the ‘United Nations (UN) Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development’ (The Ocean Conference).

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Predicting the future of Wales: Welsh Government report published

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Population expansion, economic growth and flooding are just some of the things on the horizon for Wales, according to a ‘Future Trends Report’. The report, published by the Welsh Government on May 5 2017, is a requirement of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

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New Publication: The Planning Series: 07 – Enforcement

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This briefing provides an overview of the planning enforcement system. It sets out what enforcement is, when enforcement action can take place, types of enforcement action, time limits, Welsh Government enforcement, and appeals against enforcement action. It also sets out how the Planning (Wales) Act 2015 has changed the planning enforcement system.

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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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New Publication: Woodland creation in European countries

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Woodland cover in Europe ranges from 1% in Malta to 75% in Finland, with an average of 44% (or 37% within the EU). This briefing provides information on woodland creation policies in European countries with low woodland cover, focusing in particular on the UK and near neighbour countries.

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