A once in a lifetime opportunity to shape the future of our land and reverse the decline in biodiversity

 

This is a critical time for shaping how we use our land in Wales. After the Uk leaves the European Union Wales will need to replacethe Common Agriculture Policy. This policy has to date paid farmers for keping land in good condition for farming (85%) and for environmental measures (15%) with an annual budget of £330 million. This review gives us a rare opportunity to make sure that environmental protection is at the heart of land management in Wales in the future. With the right policy in place we can protect wildlife, support rural communities, boost our economy and restore the natural resources that we all rely on.

 

Why we need change

The traditional approach to managing our land and agriculture has had a big impact on wildlife nationally – we’ve seen a devastating 56% decline in biodiversity in Wales.

Our needs as a nation are also changing. As well as food, we need our land to provide us with: ways of storing and cleaning water, ways of storing carbon, ways of reducing flooding in communities and more.

 

Our vision for the future

We want a policy that puts the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales at its centre. A policy that uses public money to provide public good. 

We want a system that pays land owners (farmers, foresters and so on) to manage their land for both people and wildlife. A system that looks after our natural resources, protects habitats and wildlife, and provides public goods like food, clean air and water, flood and drought management, carbon storage and more.

The future we want will only be possible if we all work together. For too long farmers and environmentalists have been pitched against each other, but now we must support each other to make sure that the right amount of money is invested in looking after our land.

 

 

 

 

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