Natural Environment

A Guide to the Well-being of Future Generations Act

It will make the public bodies listed in the Act think more about the long-term, work better with people and communities and each other, look to prevent problems and take a more joined-up approach.

Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales is the leading organisation for sustainable development in Wales. Our mission is to make Wales the first Sustainable Nation. Cynnal Cymru’s overall focus is on developing and promoting a sustainable, resource-efficient and low-carbon society through engagement with enterprises, the third sector and communities. We connect local and national organisations together from across Wales to help each other develop more sustainable solutions and deliver on the Well-being of Future Generations Act. This will help us to create a Wales that we all want to live in, now and in the future.

To make sure we are all working towards the same vision, the Act puts in place seven well-being goals.

Sustainable Development Principle and Ways of Working

The Act puts in place a ‘sustainable development principle’ which tells organisations how to go about meeting their duty under the Act.

There are five things that public bodies need to think about to show that they have applied the sustainable development principle. Following these ways of working will help us work together better, avoid repeating past mistakes and tackle some of the long-term challenges we are facing.


Why do we need this law?

Wales faces a number of challenges now and in the future, such as climate change, poverty, health inequalities and jobs and growth. To tackle these we need to work together. To give our children and grandchildren a good quality of life we need to think about how the decisions we make now will impact them. This law will make sure that our public sector does this.

More information

For a summary of the Act see a copy of the booklet ‘The Essentials’.

You can find out more about the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act on the the Welsh Government website.

Future Generations Commissioner urges Welsh Government to deliver on a green recovery budget

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● Carbon neutral housing and green jobs for people unemployed by pandemic are crucial to reset the economy and ‘build back better’
● Sophie Howe has outlined the five spending priorities Wales needs to be considering now – and calls for an urgent green stimulus package to help the country’s long-term recovery
● Government’s supplementary budget on Wednesday needs to signal investment that prioritises a better quality of life in the future

Green jobs for the unemployed and a multi-million pound package to decarbonise housing should be central to how Wales is reshaped in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, says the Future Generations Commissioner. 

Sophie Howe says we have  a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to reset Wales’ economy and is calling for  “visionary ideas and transformative investment” in the nation’s recovery plan. 

The commissioner has published a series of recommendations for Welsh Government as it announces its first Supplementary Budget, detailing how funding will be allocated during and after the crisis.  

The Welsh Government budget has increased by more than 10% for the current financial year – £2.4bn will be allocated to support Wales with its COVID-19 efforts. 

Ms Howe said: “The pandemic has brought incredible challenges, but how we recover gives us a once-in-a-generation opportunity. 

“The budget must signal a change in direction to reset our economy and remedy past failures with bold, collaborative, inclusive thinking and political courage. 

“It needs to address health, the economy and the ongoing climate and nature crises for the sake of Wales’ long-term future. We need a new definition of prosperity, based on well-being, and a fairer, greener way of living.” 

The commissioner, whose role is to protect future generations from the political actions of today, says in a paper that ministers must now show political courage with a focus on quality of life over GDP,  as the country begins the rebuilding process while restrictions remain in place to stem the spread of COVID-19. 

More investment in the low-carbon economy is crucial, and in the short-term, Ms Howe suggests those who have lost jobs and income in the pandemic could be reskilled and employed in the green economy. 

Among her recommendations is a multi-million pound stimulus package to support the decarbonisation of Wales’ housing stock – putting money into new low-carbon affordable housing and launching a national retrofitting programme to improve energy efficiency in existing homes. 

The benefits to people’s health, the environment, the jobs created and – crucially – Wales’ housing stock, would, says Ms Howe, far outweigh the estimated cost of more than £500m a year. 

As thousands remain working from home – taking pressure off transport networks and reducing carbon emissions – the commissioner wants investment to improve digital connectivity. 

Ms Howe applauded Welsh Government’s £25m commitment to fund transport improvements for pedestrians and cyclists by local authorities across Wales, and said it must form part of a long-term plan. 

It comes as moves to pedestrianise the centre of Bristol have been unveiled as part of its response to the COVID-19 crisis. The city is also engaging residents in planning new ways to use existing spaces – with emerging ideas including the pedestrianisation of entire dual carriageways. 

Elsewhere, Milan – one of the most congested cities in Europe – is transforming 35km of streets into ‘future zones’, where people can walk and cycle safely. 

Resources should also be shifted so Wales’ natural habitats can be restored, with green corridors linking the country and more investment in the new national forest being planted. 

Such thinking, says the commissioner will not only help wildlife, but can assist flood defences and the nation’s capability to face the challenges of climate change and create jobs. 

Ms Howe wants the Government to use the Well-being of Future Generations Act legislation along with her new Future Generations Report and  10-point plan for funding the climate emergency, in its response to the crisis. 

The Future Generations Report suggests Welsh Government works with public bodies to deliver 20% tree canopy cover in every town and city in Wales by 2030. 

Ms Howe said: “Our pre-Covid 19 economy prioritised economic growth, forced many people into poverty, and in turn created an unhealthy population that is particularly susceptible to global crises such as pandemics. 

“It’s vital that the budget addresses things we can’t afford to ignore – such as the current health crisis, the economic crisis the pandemic has triggered and the ongoing climate and nature crises. 

Wales has the opportunity to lead the way with visionary ideas and transformative investment, to a future based on well-being, using our unique Well-being of Future Generations Act as a framework. 

“I’m keen to work with partners and organisations to support Welsh Government in developing a response to the crisis which allows Wales to build back better.” 

 

The Future Generations Commissioner’s five recommendations… 

1.Develop an economic stimulus package that leads to job creation and supports the decarbonisation of homes, through building new low carbon affordable housing and investing in a national programme to improve the energy efficiency of existing homes. 

2.Invest in better ways to connect and move people through improving digital connectivity, active travel and public transport.

3. Invest in skills and training to support the transition to a better future, creating new greener jobs.

4.Invest in nature and prioritise funding and support for large-scale habitat and wildlife restoration, creation and connectivity throughout Wales –including for natural flood defences, to implement the new national forest, and to ensure land use management and agriculture supports secure local food chains and distribution.

5. Invest in the industries and technologies of the future, and support for businesses that will help Wales to lead the low carbon revolution and lock wealth and jobs into local areas with investment in the foundational economy. 

To read the full statement, visit the Future Generations Commissioner’s website.

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Mae tai carbon niwtral a swyddi gwyrdd i bobl sy’n ddiwaith yn sgil y pandemig yn hanfodol ar gyfer ailosod yr economi ac ‘adeiladu nôl yn well’.
● Mae Sophie Howe wedi amlinellu’r pum blaenoriaeth gwariant sydd angen i Gymru eu hystyried yn awr – ac yn galw am becyn ysgogi gwyrdd ar frys i helpu adferiad hirdymor y wlad.
● Mae angen i gyllideb atodol y llywodraeth ar ddydd Mercher nodi buddsoddiad sy’n blaenoriaethu gwell ansawdd bywyd yn y dyfodol.

Dylai swyddi gwyrdd i’r diwaith a phecyn gwerth miliynau o bunnoedd i ddatgarboneiddio tai fod yn ganolog i’r ffordd y mae Cymru’n cael ei hail-lunio yn dilyn pandemig coronafirws, meddai Comisiynydd Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol. 

Dywed Sophie Howe fod gennym “gyfle sy’n digwydd unwaith mewn cenhedlaeth” i ailosod economi Cymru, ac mae’n galw am “syniadau gweledigaethol a buddsoddiad trawsnewidiol yng nghynllun adfer y genedl. 

Mae’r comisiynydd wedi cyhoeddi cyfres o argymhellion ar gyfer Llywodraeth Cymru wrth iddynt gyhoeddi eu Cyllideb Atodol gyntaf, sy’n rhoi manylion am y modd y bydd cyllid yn cael ei ddyrannu yn ystod ac ar ôl yr argyfwng. 

Mae cyllideb Llywodraeth Cymru wedi cynyddu o fwy na 10% ar gyfer y flwyddyn ariannol gyfredol – dyrennir £ 2.4bn i gynorthwyo Cymru gyda’i hymdrechion COVID-19. 

Dywedodd Ms Howe: “Mae’r pandemig wedi dod â heriau anhygoel, ond mae’r modd yr ydym yn ei oresgyn yn rhoi i ni ‘gyfle sy’n digwydd unwaith mewn cenhedlaeth. 

“Rhaid i’r gyllideb nodi newid cyfeiriad i ailosod ein heconomi a datrys methiannau’r gorffennol gyda meddwl beiddgar, cydweithredol, cynhwysol, a dewrder gwleidyddol. 

“Mae angen iddi fynd i’r afael ag iechyd, yr economi ac argyfyngau parhaus yr hinsawdd a natur er mwyn dyfodol hirdymor Cymru. Mae arnom angen diffiniad newydd o ffyniant, yn seiliedig ar lesiant, a ffordd decach, wyrddach o fyw”.  

Mewn papur a ysgrifennwyd gandddi dywed y comisiynydd yn ei rôl fel amddiffynnydd cenedlaethau’r dyfodol rhag gweithredoedd gwleidyddol heddiw, bod yn rhaid i weinidogion yn awr ddangos dewrder gwleidyddol gan ganolbwyntio mwy ar ansawdd bywyd na Chynnyrch Domestig Gros, wrth i’r wlad gychwyn ar y broses ailadeiladu tra bo cyfyngiadau yn parhau yn eu lle i atal lledaeniad COVID-19. 

Mae mwy o fuddsoddiad yn yr economi carbon isel yn hanfodol, ac yn y tymor byr, mae Ms Howe yn awgrymu y gallai’r rhai sydd wedi colli swyddi ac incwm yn ystod y pandemig gael eu hailsgilio a’u cyflogi yn yr economi gwyrdd. 

Ymhlith ei hargymhellion mae’n nodi pecyn ysgogi gwerth miliynau o bunnoedd i gynorthwyo datgarboneiddio stoc dai Cymru – gan ariannu tai fforddiadwy carbon isel newydd a lansio rhaglen ôl-osod genedlaethol i wella effeithlonrwydd ynni mewn cartrefi presennol. 

Byddai’r manteision i iechyd pobl, yr amgylchedd, y swyddi sy’n cael eu creu ac – yn hollbwysig – stoc dai Cymru, meddai Ms Howe, yn gorbwyso’r gost amcangyfrifedig o fwy na £ 500m y flwyddyn. 

Wrth i filoedd barhau i weithio gartref – gan leihau’r pwysau ar rwydweithiau trafnidiaeth a lleihau allyriadau carbon – mae’r comisiynydd eisiau buddsoddiad ar gyfer gwella cysylltedd digidol. 

Cymeradwyodd Ms Howe ymrwymiad £ 25m Llywodraeth Cymru i ariannu gwelliannau trafnidiaeth i gerddwyr a beicwyr gan awdurdodau lleol ledled Cymru, a dywedodd fod yn rhaid i hyn fod yn rhan o gynllun hirdymor.  

Fe ddaw wrth i symudiadau i bedestreiddio canol Bryste gael eu datgelu fel rhan o’u hymateb i argyfwng COVID-19. Mae’r ddinas hefyd yn ennyn diddordeb preswylwyr wrth gynllunio ffyrdd newydd o ddefnyddio lleoedd sy’n bodoli eisoes – gyda syniadau sy’n dod i’r amlwg yn cynnwys pedestreiddio ffyrdd cerbydau deuol cyfan. 

Mewn mannau eraill, mae Milan – un o’r dinasoedd â’r mwyaf o dagfeydd yn Ewrop – yn trawsnewid 35km o strydoedd yn ‘barthau’r dyfodol’, lle gall pobl gerdded a beicio’n ddiogel.  

Dylid symud adnoddau hefyd fel y gellir adfer cynefinoedd naturiol Cymru, gyda choridorau gwyrdd yn cysylltu’r wlad a mwy o fuddsoddi mewn plannu’r goedwig genedlaethol newydd.  

Bydd meddwl yn y modd hwn, medd y comisiynydd, nid yn unig yn helpu bywyd gwyllt, ond yn atgyfnerthu amddiffynfeydd llifogydd a gallu’r genedl i wynebu heriau’r newid yn yr hinsawdd a chreu swyddi. 

Mae Ms Howe eisiau i’r Llywodraeth, yn eu hymateb i’r argyfwng, ddefnyddio deddfwriaeth y Ddeddf Llesiant Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol ynghyd â’i Hadroddiad Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol newydd a’i chynllun deg pwynt ar gyfer ariannu’r argyfwng hinsawdd 

Mae’r Adroddiad Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol yn awgrymu bod Llywodraeth Cymru’n gweithio gyda chyrff cyhoeddus i gyflawni 20% o orchudd canopi coed ym mhob tref a dinas yng Nghymru erbyn 2030. 

Dywedodd Ms Howe: Roedd ein heconomi cyn COVID-19 yn blaenoriaethu twf economaidd gan orfodi llawer o bobl i dlodi, a arweiniodd yn ei dro at boblogaeth afiach sy’n arbennig o agored i argyfwng fel pandemig.  

Mae’n hollbwysig bod ein cyllideb yn mynd i’r afael â phethau na fedrwn fforddio eu hanwybyddu – megis yr argyfwng iechyd presennol, yr argyfwng economaidd a sbardunwyd gan y pandemig ac argyfwng parhaus yr hinsawdd a natur. 

Rwy’n awyddus i weithio gyda phartneriaid a sefydliadau i gynorthwyo Llywodraeth Cymru i ddatblygu ymateb i’r argyfwng a fydd yn caniatáu i Gymru ‘adeiladu nôl yn well’. 

 

Pum argymhelliad Comisiynydd Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol… 

  1. Datblygu pecyn ysgogi economaidd sy’n arwain at greu swyddi ac sy’n cynorthwyo datgarboneiddio cartrefi, drwy adeiladu tai newydd carbon isel fforddiadwy a buddsoddi mewn rhaglen genedlaethol i wella effeithlonrwydd ynni cartrefi presennol.
  2. Buddsoddi mewn gwell dulliau o gysylltu a symud pobl, drwy wella cysylltedd digidol, teithio llesol a thrafnidiaeth gyhoeddus.
  3. Buddsoddi mewn sgiliau a hyfforddiant i gynorthwyo’r trawsnewid i well dyfodol, gan greu swyddi newydd gwyrddach. 
  4. Buddsoddi mewn natur a rhoi blaenoriaeth i ariannu a chymorth graddfa fawr i adferiad cynefinoedd a bywyd gwyllt, creu a chysylltedd ledled Gymru – yn cynnwys ar gyfer amddiffynfeydd llifogydd naturiol, gweithredu’r goedwig genedlaethol newydd a sicrhau bod rheoli defnydd tir ac amaeth yn cynorthwyo sicrhad cadwyni bwyd lleol a dosbarthu. 
  5. Buddsoddi yn niwydiannau a thechnolegau’r dyfodol, a chynorthwyo busnesau, a fydd yn helpu Cymru i arwain y chwyldro carbon isel a chloi cyfoeth a swyddi mewn ardaloedd lleol gyda buddsoddiad yn yr economi sylfaenol. 

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Thousands of volunteers across Wales help restore hedgerows

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Over the past 3 years, the Long Forest project aimed at making ‘hedgerows important again’ has worked with over 3,000 volunteers to plant over 119,000 trees within hedgerows across Wales. The army of volunteers have physically improved 34,628 metres of hedgerow with a further 113, 063 metres now under a regime of progressive improvement despite working through drought, flooding, ‘The Beast from the East’ and Storms Ciara and Dennis!

The Long Forest project has also established 8 community tree nurseries which are raising young tree stock from locally collected native seed, a sustainable method of helping future tree-planting schemes and protection against tree disease being introduced via imported stock.  As a project there has been an emphasis on education, delivering formal training for over 100 landowners across Wales and over 1000 volunteers received training on hedgerow management. There are also free online resources on hedgerow management available on the Long Forest website www.longforest.cymru.

The Long Forest app was created, which was designed to engage members of the general public with hedgerows and learn about tree identification. The easy to use surveying app has generated over 48,000 metres of hedgerow data which will allow an understanding of how our landscape is changing in Wales.

The Long Forest Project has been developed by Keep Wales Tidy in partnership with the Woodland Trust, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Hannah Wilcox Brooke, Long Forest Project Co-ordinator, Keep Wales Tidy said;

“We are delighted to have delivered such fantastic results across Wales that are sustainable and continue to improve our Welsh landscape. Thank you to all the thousands of volunteers who were involved across Wales’

If you would like to learn more about the Long Forest Project or access the free resources, visit www.longforest.cymru for more information.[:]

Prosiect Sylfaen Project – Free Support Programme for Community-based Environmental Organisations

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Could your organisation benefit from FREE bespoke support to become more effective and sustainable?

Organisations working with natural assets need to balance the interests of the environment and local communities with achieving long-term financial security.

Cynnal Cymru and the Wales Co-operative Centre are looking for six community-based environmental organisations in Wales to undertake a development journey that will ensure they have strong financial, governance and management foundations.

With funding from the Co-op Foundation, we are offering a free support programme that will focus on building capacity and confidence in the areas of forward planning, financial management, human resources, legal compliance, Board governance, public accountability, marketing and communications, and environmental responsibility.

Successful applicants will receive a root and branch review of their development needs whilst also exploring local and national pressures and opportunities.

This will be followed by a bespoke support programme designed to increase their effectiveness and capacity to deliver their objectives and meet community needs. Topics may include Board duties and recruitment, Business Planning, Stakeholder Engagement, Partnership and Collaboration, Annual Reporting, Asset Transfer or others that are identified as relevant.

Techniques will include mentoring, training, one-to-one advice sessions, networking and shared learning. Applicants will typically receive between 5 and 8 days of free support each.

Peer learning and disseminating new skills and techniques are important aspects of this programme. Applicants will need to be willing to join a peer-learning and support process. They will need to be able to cascade knowledge and new techniques to others in the sector by engaging with at least 3 other local organisations to share in some of the training and support sessions.

A small budget will be provided to successful applicants to cover the costs associated with these aspects.

This is a Wales-wide programme that will run from November 2019 to March 2021 and is open to all environmentally-focused community-based organisations. We particularly want to hear from organisations that are managing green spaces or other natural assets.

 

How to apply

Download the Application form

Selection of successful applicants will be through a simple application form followed by a short telephone interview.

For more details contact rhodri@cynnalcymru.com

Deadline extended: 20 December, 12 Noon.

 


 

What the Applicant will receive:

· 1 day Business Diagnosis

· 1-2 days Action Plan design

· 2-3 days of training /support

· Participation in 1 shared learning network meeting

· Invitation to end of project “legacy” event

. Limited financial assistance to host networking and shared learning events

 

What is required from the applicant:

You need to be able to allocate time and staff to both receive and help the delivery of project benefits from Cynnal Cymru and the Wales Co-operative Centre.

We require you to identify and engage with at least 3 other community-led environmental organisations in your area that can join us in a process of knowledge-sharing, training and support.

Use of your premises for training/meetings

Provide us with information, quotes and photos for use in promoting and reporting the success of the project

Information to help us compile quarterly progress reports and a detailed case study.

 

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Allai eich mudiad elwa o gefnogaeth arbenigol am ddim i fod yn fwy effeithiol a chynaliadwy.

Mae mudiadau sy’n gweithio gyda asedau naturiol angen cloriannu diddordebau mewn amgylchedd a chymunedau lleol gyda chyflawni sicrwydd ariannol hirdymor.

Mae Cynnal Cymru a Chanolfan Cydweithredol Cymru yn edrych am 6 mudiad amgylcheddol yn y gymuned yng Nghymru i ymgymryd â thaith datblygu fyddai’n sicrhau fod ganddynt seiliau ariannol, llywodraethu a rheoli cryf.

Gyda chyllid gan Sefydliad y Co-op, rydym yn cynnig rhaglen gymorth am ddim a fydd yn canolbwyntio ar adeiladu gallu a hyder ym meysydd blaengynllunio, rheolaeth ariannol, adnoddau dynol, cydymffurfiaeth gyfreithiol, llywodraethu Bwrdd, atebolrwydd cyhoeddus,

marchnata a chyfathrebu, a chyfrifoldeb amgylcheddol. Bydd ymgeiswyr llwyddiannus yn derbyn adolygiad gwraidd a bôn o’u hanghenion datblygu tra byddant hefyd yn archwilio pwysau a chyfleoedd lleol a chenedlaethol. Dilynir hyn gan raglen gymorth bwrpasol a ddyluniwyd i gynyddu eu heffeithiolrwydd a’u gallu i gyflawni eu hamcanion a diwallu anghenion cymunedol. Gall pynciau gynnwys dyletswyddau a recriwtio Bwrdd, Cynllunio Busnes, Ymgysylltu â Rhanddeiliaid, Partneriaeth a Chydweithio, Adrodd Blynyddol, Trosglwyddo Asedau neu eraill y nodir eu bod yn berthnasol. Bydd technegau yn cynnwys mentora, hyfforddiant, sesiynau cyngor un i un, rhwydweithio a dysgu ar y cyd. Yn nodweddiadol, bydd ymgeiswyr yn derbyn rhwng 5 ac 8 diwrnod o gymorth am ddim yr un.

Mae dysgu cyfoedion a lledaenu sgiliau a thechnegau newydd yn agweddau pwysig ar y rhaglen hon. Bydd angen i ymgeiswyr fod yn barod i ymuno â phroses dysgu a chefnogi cyfoedion. Bydd angen iddynt allu rhaeadru gwybodaeth a thechnegau newydd i eraill yn y sector trwy ymgysylltu ag o leiaf 3 sefydliad lleol arall i rannu yn rhai o’r sesiynau hyfforddi a chefnogi. Darperir cyllideb fach i ymgeiswyr llwyddiannus i dalu’r costau sy’n gysylltiedig â’r agweddau hyn.

Rhaglen ledled Cymru yw hon a fydd yn rhedeg rhwng Tachwedd 2019 a Mawrth 2021 ac mae’n agored i bob sefydliad cymunedol sy’n canolbwyntio ar yr amgylchedd. Rydym eisiau clywed yn arbennig gan sefydliadau sy’n rheoli mannau gwyrdd neu asedau naturiol eraill.

Dewisir ymgeiswyr llwyddiannus trwy ffurflen gais syml ac yna cyfweliad ffôn byr. Am fwy o fanlyion a ffurflen gais cysylltwch â rhodri@cynnalcymru.com

Bydd ceisiadau yn cau ar y 27fed Tachwedd 

Beth fydd ymgeiswyr yn ei dderbyn:

· Diagnosis Busnes 1 diwrnod

· Dylunio Cynllun Gweithredu 1-2 ddiwrnod

· 2-3 diwrnod o hyfforddiant / cefnogaeth

· Cymryd rhan mewn 1 cyfarfod rhwydwaith dysgu ar y cyd

· Gwahoddiad i ddigwyddiad “etifeddiaeth” diwedd prosiect

. Cymorth ariannol cyfyngedig i cynnal digwyddiad rhwydweithio a dysgu ar y cyd

Yr hyn sy’n ofynnol gan yr ymgeisydd:

• Mae angen i chi allu dyrannu amser a staff i dderbyn a helpu i gyflawni buddion prosiect Cynnal Cymru a Chanolfan Cydweithredol Cymru.

• Rydym yn gofyn i chi nodi ac ymgysylltu ag o leiaf 3 sefydliad amgylcheddol arall a arweinir gan y gymuned yn eich ardal a all ymuno â ni mewn proses o rannu gwybodaeth, hyfforddi a chefnogi.

• Defnyddio’ch adeilad ar gyfer hyfforddiant / cyfarfodydd

• Rhoi gwybodaeth, dyfyniadau a lluniau i ni i’w defnyddio wrth hyrwyddo ac adrodd ar lwyddiant y prosiect

• Adroddiadau cynnydd chwarterol ac astudiaeth achos fanwl.

 

Am fwy o wybodaeth ac am ffurflen gais cysylltwch â rhodri@cynnalcymru.com.[:]

Sustainable Academy Awards 2019 shortlist announced

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We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Sustainable Academy Awards – celebrating sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership from across Wales. 24 finalists across eight categories have been chosen by our expert judging panel to go through to the public vote.

The Awards recognise the amazing people, projects and initiatives that are contributing towards the seven National Well-being Goals and the five Ways of Working described in the Well-being Future Generations Act.

Our judging panel included Rhodri Thomas, Cynnal Cymru; Rhys Jones, Renewable UK; Angharad Davies on behalf of EDF Energy; Nia Lloyd, Keep Wales Tidy; Ruth Marks, WCVA; David Brown ARUP and Petranka Maleva, Future Generations Commissioners Office.

The judges were particularly looking for projects and initiatives that clearly delivered on the principles of the Well-being of Future Generations Act as well as looking for examples that captured the imagination by going above and beyond.

Public Vote is now open!

Now it is over to you the public to help decide who will be this years winners. The public vote will count towards 60% of the overall score and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Thursday 28 November.

We hope you will be inspired by by our 24 finalists and please take the time to vote for your favourites in each category.

You can vote for your favourites until Wednesday 06 November.

 

Outstanding Renewable Energy – Sponsored by Welsh Government

  • BCB International Ltd – FIREDRAGON as a sustainable Ethanol based solid fuel
  • Innogy – Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm
  • Egni Coop – Community owned solar

Outstanding Social Enterprise

  • Credu Charity Ltd – SeaQuest Coastal Science and Education Programme
  • Greenstream Flooring
  • RCMA Social Enterprise – Real Food! Real Life!

Sustainable Business

  • The Digital Pattern Library – accessible, sustainable fashion for all
  • Dyfi Distillery – Bringing gin production close to home
  • Oseng-Rees reflection – artisan interiors and architectural installations

Sustainable Community – Sponsored EDF

  • Sustainable Community at Cardiff Met University
  • Under the Bridge – Milford Youth Matters
  • Recycle4charity – Pembrokeshire Care, Share and Give

Sustainable Education or Training

  • Black Mountains Land Use Partnership – Mountain and Moorland Ambassadors
  • Severn Wye Energy Agency – Our Future’s People
  • Size of Wales & WCIA – MockCOP

Sustainable Procurement or Supply Chain – Sponsored ARUP

  • ARIA Bridal – Designing in sustainability from the start
  • Aberystwyth University – BEACON More taste, less salt, healthier lives
  • WRAP Cymru – Public Sector Sustainable Procurement Project

Sustainable Venue or Space – Sponsored by CECA Wales

  • Newydd Housing Association / Eggseeds -The Solar Powered Bench
  • LINC Cymru – Growing Green Spaces
  • SPECIFIC, Swansea University / BIPVco – Active Buildings

Sustainability Champion

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Volunteers help to create a tree nursery in Denbighshire

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A new tree nursey has been established in North Wales by The Long Forest project and the local community. Eight volunteers from the Woodland Skills Centre worked on building a polytunnel at the Centre in Bodfari, Denbighshire which will be used to grow hedgerow trees from locally collected seed.

The Long Forest Project has been developed by Keep Wales Tidy in partnership with the Woodland Trust, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Together, they’re delivering practical action – recruiting thousands of volunteers to plant 100,000 trees and improve around 120,000m of hedgerow.

A regular group of volunteers who meet every Monday at the Centre erected the polytunnel and installed the power and water for the overhead irrigation system. The seed was collected by various groups of adults with additional needs who attend the Centre and they will be responsible for growing on the plants ready for planting out on Long Forest schemes.

Rod Waterfield, Centre Manager at the Woodland Skills Centre said;

“Hedgerows in Wales have been an important make up of our landscape for centuries. However, they are an undervalued resource at severe risk and it is now vital that action is taken.

“It’s great to be working with volunteers across Wales to ensure our hedgerows are maintained and respected for future generations.”

If you are a volunteer or land owner who would like to get involved with the Long Forest Project, visit www.longforest.cymru for more information.

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Sefydlwyd planhigfa goed newydd yng Ngogledd Cymru gan y prosiect y Goedwig Hir a’r gymuned leol. Gweithiodd wyth gwirfoddolwr o’r Ganolfan Sgiliau Coetiroedd i adeiladu polytwnel yn y Ganolfan yn Bodfari, Sir Ddinbych a fydd yn cael ei ddefnyddio i dyfu coed gwrychoedd o hadau a gasglwyd yn lleol.

Datblygwyd y Prosiect y Goedwig Hir gan Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus mewn partneriaeth â’r Coed Cymru, gyda chymorth gan Gronfa Dreftadaeth y Loteri a Sefydliad Esmee Fairbairn. Gyda’i gilydd, maen nhw’n gweithredu’n ymarferol – recriwtio miloedd o wirfoddolwyr i blannu 100,000 o goed a gwella tua 120,000 o wrychoedd.

Wnaeth y grŵp o wirfoddolwyr, sy’n cyfarfod bob dydd Llun yn y Ganolfan, codi’r polytwnnel a gosod y pŵer a’r dŵr ar gyfer y system dyfrhau uwchben. Casglwyd yr hadau gan wahanol grwpiau o oedolion ag anghenion ychwanegol sy’n mynychu’r Ganolfan a byddant yn gyfrifol am dyfu ar y planhigion sy’n barod i’w plannu am y Goedwig Hir.

Dywedodd Rod Waterfield, Rheolwr y Ganolfan yn y Ganolfan Sgiliau Coetiroedd;

“Mae gwrychoedd yng Nghymru wedi bod yn rhan bwysig o’n tirwedd ers canrifoedd. Fodd bynnag, maent yn adnodd heb ei werthfawrogi mewn perygl difrifol ac erbyn hyn mae’n hanfodol bod camau’n cael eu cymryd.

“Mae’n wych bod yn gweithio gyda gwirfoddolwyr ledled Cymru i sicrhau bod ein gwrychoedd yn cael eu cynnal a’u parchu ar gyfer cenedlaethau’r dyfodol.”

Os ydych chi’n wirfoddolwr neu’n berchennog tir a hoffai gymryd rhan yn y prosiect y Goedwig Hir, ewch i www.longforest.cymru am ragor o wybodaeth.

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Glanrhyd set the Standard as Green Flag Hospital

[:en]Glanrhyd hospital, which looks after nature as well as caring for people has become the first in Wales to receive the prestigious Green Flag Award.

Glanrhyd is only the second hospital in the UK to receive the award, which recognises the finest parks and green spaces.

The historic site has bird and bat boxes, insect-friendly “bug hotels” and interpretive signs explaining the flora and fauna that can be found there.

Local organisations worked alongside the environment team within ABMU’s estates department on the wildlife-friendly features.

Health board Chairman, Andrew Davies, who also chairs the health board’s environment committee, said: “Glanrhyd is an excellent example of how having an attractive natural environment can improve people’s quality of life.

“There is very clear evidence that being able to enjoy the natural environment has a positive impact on the well-being of patients, staff and visitors, and on recovery after illness.

“We have a strong commitment to greening our estates and have been working with our partners to achieve this.

“This work is also helping us deliver the goals of the Well-being of Future Generations Act.”

ABMU Chief Executive, Tracy Myhill added: “This is a great initiative which benefits the well-being, not only for our patients, but our staff and the wider community too.

“Being the first in Wales and only the second in the UK to achieve this status is a great endorsement to the innovative approach being taken within our health board.

“I commend everyone’s efforts in this achievement as it demonstrates what can be accomplished when we work together with our partners.”

The Glanryhd Hospital site was first laid out, in its distinct Victorian Gothic style, in 1864.

It was originally known as the Glamorganshire County Asylum and is one of only a few former county asylums still active in mental health use.

Earlier this year, the health board secured a tree preservation order on a 120-year-old lime tree in the hospital’s quadrangle.

But a lot of other work has been going on to create a haven for wildlife and a welcoming green space for patients, staff and the wider public.

Mark Humphreys, assistant technical services officer within ABMU’s estates department, said: “We have carried out a number of improvements to encourage wildlife and enhance biodiversity around the site.

“Around 30 bird boxes are being installed and bat boxes will be going up. Log piles have been formed and a wildflower site has been trialled to encourage bees and other insects.

“We have also put up interpretive boards at various locations, to highlight the wildlife and historical landmarks, and showing the site is a welcoming green space for local residents to enjoy.”

ABMU has worked with staff and patients, and several community groups and local organisations on the environmental improvements at Glanrhyd.

One was Wood B, part of the Awen Cultural Trust in Bridgend, which offers employment opportunities for adults with disabilities. They used fallen trees to build the frames of the interpretive boards.

Mental Health Locality Manager, Mike Sullivan, who is based in Glanrhyd, said: “The hospital grounds have long been an asset to patients and staff. Increasingly they are becoming a place of recreation and local interest to members of the community.”

“This award not only recognises the beauty of the surroundings and the dedication of ABMU staff to tend and nurture the environment, but also it reflects how the hospital and mental health care in general are becoming the less stigmatised and separate from the local community.

“The award, I hope, will be a springboard for greater accessibility and interest in the grounds and opportunities for patients, members of the public and nature groups to celebrate a local hidden gem.”

The Green Flag Award programme is delivered in Wales by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy with support from Welsh Government.

It is judged by green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement.

Keep Wales Tidy’s Green Flag coordinator, Lucy Prisk said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Awards in Wales.”

“They are a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff and volunteers across the country who work tirelessly to maintain Green Flag Award standards.”

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Wildlife declines show nature needs life support

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WWF Cymru calls for ‘A New Deal for Welsh Nature’ and for Welsh political leaders to step up action in the fight for our world.

Plummeting populations of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish around the world are an urgent sign that nature needs life support, WWF warned today. The conservation organisation’s flagship Living Planet Report 2018 shows population sizes of wildlife fell an average of 60 percent globally since 1970.

The report, involving over 50 experts, paints a dire picture of the state of our planet and clearly illustrates that humans are living beyond the planet’s means and wiping out life on earth in the process.

It highlights how activities driven by human consumption are the dominant cause of current wildlife declines and the destruction of forests, oceans and landscapes. It also identifies climate change and pollution, including plastic, as significant and growing threats. It reveals:

– Only a quarter of the planet’s land is free from human impact. By 2050, this is projected to fall to just a tenth;
– The percentage of the world’s seabirds estimated to have plastic in their stomach has increased from 5 percent in 1960 to 90 percent today;
– Globally, freshwater species populations, such as amphibians, have declined 83 percent on average over the same period;
– In April 2018, levels of climate warming carbon dioxide reached the highest level in at least 800,000 years.
These global trends have been echoed in Wales:

Around 725,000 plastic bottles a day are used in Wales, and it is estimated that only 50% of these are currently recycled;
– One in 14 species in Wales is at risk of disappearing altogether;
– Wales is on track to miss its climate targets and emissions even increased by 5% in 2016.
– Wales has been ahead of the rest of the UK in laying the foundations for action, having passed the Wellbeing of Future Generations (WFG) Act and the Environment Act.

WWF Cymru says that these laws should drive the changes needed and is calling for Welsh political leaders to urgently step up action to protect and restore nature. It says that halting wildlife decline and reversing the loss of nature requires a new level of ambition and action.

Anne Meikle, Director of WWF Cymru said:

“The collapse of global wildlife populations is a warning sign. We are the first generation that knows we’re destroying the planet and we could be the last who can do anything about it.

Wales has a head-start on the rest of the world. Our ground-breaking laws are the foundations that should put nature at the heart of everything we do. To join the fight for our world, political leaders need to significantly step up action.”

Once near extinction in the UK, the Red Kite has made an impressive comeback in Wales. Thanks to better protection and dedicated conservation programmes. Despite this, Welsh nature remains in a fragile state.

2020 is a critical year when leaders are expected to review the progress made on the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and, crucially, negotiating new 10-year targets for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). With a new opportunity to protect and restore nature leading up to 2020, Wales will join the global community.

WWF is calling for a Global Deal for Nature and People. A deal that makes it socially, politically and economically unacceptable to sit back and watch the destruction of nature. In Wales, WWF Cymru are calling for the following actions:

A new deal for Welsh nature – 5 point plan for action

 


 

About the Living Planet Report 2018

The Living Planet Report 2018 is the twelfth edition of WWF’s biennial flagship publication. The report includes the latest findings measured by the Living Planet Index tracking 16,704 populations of 4,005 vertebrate species from 1970 to 2014.  Full and summary versions of the report are available here from launch.

 

About WWF

WWF is one of the world’s largest independent conservation organisations, with more than five million supporters and a global network active in more than one hundred countries. Through our engagement with the public, businesses and government, we focus on safeguarding the natural world, creating solutions to the most serious environmental issues facing our planet, so that people and nature thrive.  Find out more about our work, past and present at www.wwf.org.uk | Wales: www.wwf.wales

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Smoking litter still a big problem in Wales

[:en]New report aims to highlight the scale and impact of smoking-related litter in Wales

A new report published by Keep Wales Tidy has revealed the prevalence of smoking-related litter and the far-reaching impacts on our health, wildlife and environment.

During recent street cleanliness surveys, smoking-related litter was found on 80.3% of our streets, making it the most common type of litter in Wales. They are also the most counted item on beaches in Europe.

Across the UK, it is estimated that 122 tonnes of smoking-related litter are dropped every day. This is predominantly in the form of cigarette ends which are difficult and time-consuming to clean up – costing the taxpayer millions of pounds each year.

Contrary to popular belief, cigarette filters are not biodegradable, but are made of a type of plastic which means they can stay in the environment for up to 15 years. And, because of their small size, cigarette ends are easily transported to our waterways and coast.

The toxins contained in cigarettes can leach out into the environment, posing a risk to human health.

Cigarette ends can also have deadly consequences for wildlife and have been found in the guts of whales, dolphins, turtles and seabirds who have mistaken them for food.

 

Jemma Bere, Policy and Research Manager for Keep Wales Tidy said: 

“We want to debunk the myths and misconceptions around the disposal of cigarette ends. Despite their size, cigarette ends still count as litter – so dropping them is a criminal offence. Put simply, our pavements and drains are not ashtrays!”

Keep Wales Tidy’s smoking-related litter report looks at how the issue has been tackled around the world and outlines a number of recommendations. These include ensuring sufficient bins are in place, greater collaboration with the tobacco industry, continued monitoring and enforcement, as well as targeted campaigns to change behaviour.

 

Jemma continued:

“Smokers need to be aware that cigarette ends are not biodegradable, are harmful to our health, wildlife and the environment. There are many ways that local authorities and businesses such as pubs and restaurants can play their part and ensure that there is adequate provision for responsible disposal; many bins nowadays have stubbing plates to help smokers properly extinguish their cigarettes. Of course, where there aren’t bins available, smokers can always dispose of their cigarette ends safely and conveniently using a portable ashtray.”

 

Visit the Keep Wales Tidy website to find out more about smoking-related litter.

Download the full report here

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Nod adroddiad newydd yw amlygu graddfa ac effaith sbwriel yn ymwneud ag ysmygu yng Nghymru

Mae adroddiad newydd a gyhoeddwyd gan Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus wedi datgelu mynychder sbwriel yn ymwneud ag ysmygu a’r effeithiau pellgyrhaeddol ar ein hiechyd, bywyd gwyllt a’r amgylchedd.

Yn ystod arolygon glendid stryd diweddar, canfuwyd sbwriel yn ymwneud ag ysmygu ar 80.3% o’n strydoedd, sy’n golygu mai dyma’r math mwyaf cyffredin o sbwriel yng Nghymru. Dyma hefyd yw’r eitem sy’n cael ei gweld fwyaf ar draethau yn Ewrop.

Ar draws y DU, amcangyfrifir bod 122 o dunelli o sbwriel yn ymwneud ag ysmygu’n cael eu gollwng bob dydd.  Mae hyn yn bennaf ar ffurf bonion sigaréts sydd yn anodd ac yn cymryd amser i’w glanhau – ar gost o filiynau o bunnau y flwyddyn i drethdalwyr.

Yn wahanol i’r gred gyffredin, nid yw hidlwyr sigaréts yn pydru, ond yn cynnwys math o blastig sy’n golygu y gallant aros yn yr amgylchedd am hyd at 15 mlynedd. Ac am eu bod yn fach, mae bonion sigaréts yn cael eu cludo’n hawdd i’n dyfrffyrdd a’n harfordir.

Gall y gwenwyn a geir mewn sigaréts ollwng i’r amgylchedd, gan gyflwyno risg i iechyd dynol.

Gall bonion sigaréts hefyd fod â chanlyniadau marwol i fywyd gwyllt ac maent wedi cael eu canfod ym mherfedd morfilod, dolffiniaid, crwbanod y môr ac adar morol sydd wedi eu camgymryd am fwyd.

Dywedodd Jemma Bere, Rheolwr Polisi ac Ymchwil i Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus: 

“Hoffem chwalu’r myth a’r camargraff yn ymwneud â gwaredu bonion sigaréts. Er gwaetha’u maint, mae bonion sigaréts yn dal yn sbwriel – felly mae eu gollwng yn drosedd. Yn syml, nid blychau llwch yw ein palmentydd a’n draeniau!”

Mae adroddiad sbwriel yn ymwneud ag ysmygu Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus yn edrych ar y ffordd y mae’r mater wedi cael ei drin ar draws y byd ac mae’n amlinellu nifer o argymhellion. Mae’r rhain yn cynnwys sicrhau bod digon o finiau ar gael, mwy o gydweithredu gyda’r diwydiant tybaco, parhau i fonitro a gorfodaeth, yn ogystal ag ymgyrchoedd wedi eu targedu i newid ymddygiad.

Aeth Jemma ymlaen:

“Mae angen i ysmygwyr fod yn ymwybodol nad yw bonion sigaréts yn pydru, eu bod yn niweidiol i’n hiechyd, i fywyd gwyllt a’r amgylchedd. Mae sawl ffordd y gall awdurdodau lleol a busnesau fel tafarndai a bwytai chwarae eu rhan a sicrhau bod darpariaeth ddigonol ar gyfer gwaredu’n gyfrifol; mae gan lawer o finiau y dyddiau hyn blatiau diffodd i helpu smygwyr i ddiffodd eu sigaréts yn iawn. Wrth gwrs, os nad oes biniau ar gael, mae ysmygwyr yn gallu gwaredu eu bonion sigaréts yn ddiogel ac yn gyfleus gan ddefnyddio blwch llwch cludadwy.”

Ewch i wefan Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus i ganfod mwy am sbwriel yn ymwneud ag ysmygu.

Lawrlwytho’r adroddiad llawn yma

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Why “I’m not buying it” is a statement of power

We live in a circular system. When we throw something away, it comes right back at us. There is no “away.” Right now, thanks largely to the BBC and the one scientist that everyone listens to – David Attenborough – the world wants to do something about plastic. The focus is on cleaning up what’s already out there but also on eliminating the problem at source. How many environmental problems could be averted by pausing a moment before we buy or commission something? That’ll be long term thinking then? Yes and integration, consultation, involvement and prevention – all the elements of the Sustainability Principle enshrined in Wales’ Well-being of Future Generations Act.

On Thursday June the 7th, The Sustain Wales Summit will focus on the role of procurement in reducing and ultimately eliminating plastic waste.

The leader of Carmarthenshire Council will make an important announcement regarding the authority’s commitment to reducing plastic waste, we will hear from the Volvo Ocean Race about their high profile campaign, Wrap will reveal new research and Ecosurety will explain how market and B2B transactions can make a huge difference to the amount of plastic waste in circulation.

In 2017, the Welsh Government brought together a diverse range of stakeholders to develop the first Marine Litter Action Plan (MLAP) for Wales.

Organisations and stakeholders involved in the MLAP will come together in 2018 to officially form a ‘Clean Seas Wales Partnership’ with the aim of encouraging all sectors in Wales to take action on marine litter issues. The name and identity will be aligned with the global UN Clean Seas campaign where Wales can join the efforts of the many other countries who are taking action under the same banner.

The Marine Litter Action Plan for Wales is a comprehensive attempt to deal with the problem. One simple action that procurement managers and citizens can take to support this plan is to simply say “I’m not buying it.” The world is the way it is because enough of us accept what’s on offer. Any shop manager will tell you that if people don’t buy what you’re offering then you have to change. The power of procurement is largely dormant because none of us think in the long term. Concerned with short term needs, we avoid difficulty and buy the cheapest and most convenient option but just as there is no “away”, there is also no such thing as a free lunch. When we get something cheap and convenient, someone else is picking up the real cost, either down the road, on the other side of the world or in the generations of the future.

It is another fundamental truth of the sustainable development paradigm that people who are secure, empowered, respected and well-resourced are more able to make long term decisions and adopt behaviour that reduces environmental harm. Therefore, as well as looking at plastic waste, the Sustain Wales Summit will also hear about best practice in contract management that opens up new employment opportunities and extends well-being actions along the supply chain and into communities. The activities of Melin Homes for example ensure that “waste” becomes “surplus” for community use and that large contracts are broken up to give opportunities for smaller local companies to compete. The similarities between this sort of approach and the mechanisms at work in robust, diverse and thriving natural ecosystems are highly noteworthy. “Biomimicry” is not just an aspiration for manufacturers and engineers: procurement managers could learn a lot from observing natural systems.

Procurement that is consistent with the Sustainability Principle enshrined in the Well-being of Future Generations Act, will ensure that money and resources circulate more often, delivering greater benefit and enriching local economies, cultures, societies and ecosystems.


Rhodri Thomas is the Principal Sustainability Consultant at Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales. He has a BSc. (Hons.) in Environmental Biology, an MSc. in Environmental Management and a PGCE in Adult Education & Training. Previously, he has worked for Forum for the Future where he was a Senior Sustainability Advisor with public sector clients; for Environment Agency Wales where he supported the executive on public relations and managed the Pride In Our Communities anti-flytipping project in the south west; and The University of Glamorgan where he was a lecturer and researcher in life sciences and sustainable development. For thirteen years he worked freelance in the performing arts as an actor, writer and producer. He worked extensively on radio, theatre, film and TV.[:]

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