Welcome to our Business Plan for 2017/18, this sets out what we plan to achieve over the coming year. It forms the first year of our new five year 2017-22 Corporate Plan which will be published later this year. The Business Plan is an initial 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 2017/18:
- Embedding sustainable management of natural resources thinking into everything we do, supporting how we work and engage with others to address challenges and capitalise on opportunities,
- Developing Area Statements so that they provide the platform for improvements in our environment
- Ensuring Wales' approach to biodiversity and conservation is aligned with the way we collaborate in managing land and water by developing a strategic approach. This will support our existing Nature Recovery Plan
- Bringing to fruition sustainable business opportunities, such as the largest inshore wind farm at Pen Y Cymoedd
- Advising on important national projects such as Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, Wylfa Newydd and the M4 Relief Road
- Improving how we deliver services by changing the shape of our organisation
Our New Purpose
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.