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Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales / Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru
Formation 1 April 2013
Type Welsh Government Sponsored Body
Purpose Environmental protection and regulation; maintenance of natural resources
Headquarters Tŷ Cambria, Newport Road, Cardiff
Region served Wales
Chairman Professor Peter Matthews[1]
Chief Executive Emyr Roberts[2]
Affiliations Welsh Government
Website Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales (Welsh: Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru) is a Welsh Government sponsored body, which became operational from 1 April 2013,[3] when it took over the management of the natural resources of Wales.[4] It was formed from a merger of the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales, and the Forestry Commission Wales, and also assumes some other roles formerly taken by Welsh Government.[4]

Regulatory functions

Natural Resources Wales is responsible for over forty different types of regulatory regime, having inherited these roles from its predecessor organisations. They include:[5]

  • consents and assents for sites of special scientific interest
  • radioactive substances (both nuclear and non-nuclear)
  • licensing of species protected under European law
  • marine licensing
  • licensing of tree felling
  • surface water & groundwater discharges
  • water abstraction and impoundment (and drought measures)
  • packaging regulations and EU/UK trading schemes
  • commercial fisheries of eels, salmon and shellfish
  • access restrictions and designation and review of open access land under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000
  • major industry (refineries, chemicals, cement, power stations, iron and steel, food and drink etc.)
  • waste industry (storage, treatment, disposal)

Merger debate

As a justification for the merger, the Welsh Government claimed that the new body will produce savings of £158 million over ten years.[6] Whilst the three agencies were broadly supportive of the move,[6] Forestry Commission Wales chairman [7]


  1. ^ "Environment body chairman promises efficient service". BBC News. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Chief executive named for merged environmental body". BBC News. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Timetable". Welsh Government. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Single Body". Welsh Government. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Natural Resources Wales / Regulatory responsibilities
  6. ^ a b "One environment body will save £158m - Welsh government". BBC News. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Forestry concern as minister names natural resources body". BBC News. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 

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