Welcome to our Business Plan for 2018/19, this sets out what we plan to achieve over the coming year. It forms the second year of our Corporate Plan to 2022. The Business Plan is a step in developing a new way of working; planning and collaboratively aiming for common goals following 2 key pieces of legislation namely The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and The Environment (Wales) Act 2016.
There are some specific significant issues which we will need to address during 2018/19:
- Working with others to develop a shared long-term vision for the natural environment of Wales to 2050, and how we measure progress towards it. The Well-being of Future Generations Act (2015) encourages such a long-term approach and, our Well-being Objectives are deliberately long-term and cannot be achieved in the timespan of the current Corporate Plan
- Developing Area Statements co-productively with our staff and stakeholders in readiness for their publication. They will form the basis of all our work in each Area, are fundamental to informing public service delivery, and will provide opportunities for everyone to act. There will be seven Area Statements covering six regional areas of Wales and one for the marine environment
- Continuing to embed the Well-being of Future Generations Act and our purpose – the sustainable management of natural resources – across all our work. In particular, embedding the Environment (Wales) Act 2016’s Biodiversity Biodiversity and Resilience of Ecosystems Resilience Duty – and supporting other public bodies authorities to do the same
- Facilitating the implementation of the Welsh Government’s Natural Resources Policy through Area Statements to help turn the national priorities into local action
- Increasingly securing and promoting the importance of rigorous and defendable evidence in, and the application of innovation to, all we do
- Continuing to work with government and others on the sustainable management of natural resources, particularly on significant infrastructure projects, and on Welsh matters in the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union
- Collaborating as the only National statutory member in all Public Services Boards (PSBs), working to ensure that the social and economic benefits of sustainably managed natural resources are recognised and optimised in the priorities pursued by PSBs, and joining up and integrating all members’ work
- An improving customer experience, alongside better collaborative experiences, being at the heart of our activity so that we improve services, earn trust and generate advocacy
- Re-designing our structure and develop new supporting ways of working so we are financially sustainable and can operate to deliver duties effectively in the future
Pursuing and applying sustainable management of natural resources, is our focus. Our State of Natural Resources Report (SoNaRR), identifies some of the challenges and the opportunities we now have. To address the opportunities for managing natural resources sustainably so that wellbeing can be increased, and in adopting the principles of sustainable management of natural resources to the way we work, we have developed our first set of Well-being Objectives. Starting with involving our stakeholders, internally and externally, we have considered how we can collaborate with our partners and integrate our objectives with others and across the Well-being Goals. This will help us to ensure our activities will prevent the SoNaRR challenges getting worse in the long term.