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Forestry in Wales inquiry

The Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee of the National Assembly for Wales has launched an inquiry into forestry and woodland policy in Wales.

This includes looking at the Welsh Government’s delivery of its Woodlands for Wales strategy.

The RFS submitted written evidence to the Committee which can be downloaded from the right hand side of this page.


Terms of reference

The Committee's aim is to assess the delivery of the strategy in terms of its four strategic themes. They are:

  • responding to climate change – coping with climate change and helping reduce our carbon footprint;
  • woodlands for people – serving local needs for health, education and jobs;
  • a competitive and integrated forest sector – innovative, skilled industries supplying renewable products from Wales; and
  • environmental quality – making a positive contribution to biodiversity, landscapes and heritage, and reducing other environmental pressures.

 The Committee also invited written evidence on:

  • how the strategy is contributing to the delivery of duties under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Environment (Wales) Act 2016;
  • how the strategy will be considered in the context of emerging policies, plans and statements (e.g. National Natural Resources Policy, Biodiversity Plans and Area Statements); and,
  • the challenges and opportunities that arise from leaving the European Union
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