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Government Announces New Nature Fund to Protect Welsh Environment

6 million pound Nature Fund to support practical action to help stop the loss of wildlife and habitats in Wales

 Government Announces New Nature Fund to Protect Welsh Environment

The Welsh Government announced this week a £6 million Nature Fund to support practical action to help stop the loss of wildlife and habitats in Wales.

Minister for Natural Resources, Alun Davies, said that the fund would be used to support activity in seven selected geographical areas or Nature Action Zones specially chosen because of the challenges and opportunities they present for biodiversity and Wales’ natural resource action.

The seven zones are:

  • Brecon Beacons - focusing on the Usk and Wye catchments
  • Cambrian mountains
  • Conwy Valley
  • Pembrokeshire coast
  • South Wales Valleys
  • Berwyn and Migneint
  • Llyn Peninsula

The funding will support projects that tackle the decline in biodiversity in these zones while delivering environmental, economic and social benefit. Projects should demonstrate innovation, collaboration and good practice.

Priority will be given to actions that improve river catchments, fisheries management and marine ecosystems, actions that enhance natural green spaces, actions that realise potential in the uplands and action that stimulates and develops the existing interest in a payment for eco systems service.

A small number of proposals outside of the Nature Action Zones will be considered if they demonstrate innovation and collaboration and can deliver key outcomes.

The Welsh Government will be holding events in the seven selected Nature Action Zones in order to support the development of detailed projects.

Further information can be found on the Welsh Government website or by emailing NaturalResourceManagement@wales.gsi.gov.uk





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