The landscape and wildlife are part of an ecosystem that provide us with fresh water, food and fuel as well as income from tourism and opportunities for leisure, recreation and education. The services provided by nature are known as ecosystem services, healthy resilient ecosystems depend on biodiversity.
The Environment (Wales) Act 2016 requires public authorities to ‘seek to maintain and enhance biodiversity,’ and thereby ‘promote resilient ecosystems’ whilst performing their functions.
The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 also states that local authorities must ‘maintain and enhance a biodiverse natural environment with healthy functioning ecosystems that support social, economic and ecological resilience and the capacity to adapt to change (for example climate change).’
As a local authority our activities have a direct impact on species and habitats, such as managing publicly-owned land, planning for local housing and maintaining and improving the road network. So we have a significant role to play in conserving biodiversity.
As well as continually improving the way we manage work that affects species and habitats, we also engage in partnership projects. This includes those designed to achieve targets in the Powys Local Biodiversity Action Plan and through support of community projects to enhance the environment for the people of Powys. Future projects will look to support the new Powys Nature Recovery Action Plan and Powys’ Well-being Plan when published.