Communities across Wales can lead the charge on a bold and rapid green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic by placing the circular economy and the climate and nature emergencies at its heart.
This is the overarching call to action of the ‘Green Recovery: Priorities for Action’ report presented to the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths today (3 December) which outlines the practical and prioritised actions that will inform Wales’ sustainable pathway out of the coronavirus pandemic.
The report is authored by the green recovery task and finish group, chaired by the Chair of Natural Resources Wales Sir David Henshaw, and established at the direction of the Minister in July 2020.
Also published today is an independent report that examines the stability and resilience of the environmental sector in Wales and aims to inform the wider discussion about how best to support the sector to create the opportunities for a truly ‘green recovery’.
The task and finish group was charged with developing big ideas that could be taken forward in the short and medium term as part of Wales’ recovery from the pandemic - ideas that link the circular economy and the climate and nature emergencies with job creation, inclusive and fair economic growth, and other development priorities.
168 proposals were received following the call for big ideas from the task and finish group. These were received from a cross-section of society including community groups, social enterprises, charities, public bodies, private companies and environmental groups across Wales.
The ideas ranged from micro-projects within a town or village, to initiatives spanning local authority boundaries or those that take a pan-Wales approach.