As a key consultation that will set priorities for the development of Natural Resources Wales (NRW) closes today, IEMA confirms its support for its central proposals.

In response to NRW’s “Planning Our Future” consultation on key priorities for its corporate plan for the period covering 2014 to 2017, IEMA states its support for the body’s core purpose – to ensure that the environment and natural resources of Wales are sustainably maintained, enhanced and used, both now and in the future. The IEMA response also identifies some further potential considerations on how NRA could use natural systems and market mechanisms to enhance natural capital and the need for a “holistic approach” to green jobs and skills.

Following submission of the full response to NRW, Richard Gotheridge - Environment and Sustainability Manager and Member of the Wales IEMA Steering Group said:

This is a critical time in the development of this fledgling body. Natural Resources Wales has a great opportunity to look at how the preceding organisations have worked, and pick the best tools and techniques to help make Wales a greener economy; to really set an example for the UK and Europe in sustainable growth. IEMA Wales is delighted to have been asked to contribute.”

Natural Resources Wales has a range of responsibilities, including policy advisor, regulator and landholder. Commenting on the proposals Martin Baxter, IEMA’s Executive Director – Policy said:

Natural Resources Wales has a significant opportunity to embed environment and sustainability throughout its functions and to catalyse positive change for a sustainable economy.”