Powys Nature Recovery Action Plan published

15 August 2022

Image of a Wheatear bird, taken by Keith Noble

In a bid to halt and reverse the declines in biodiversity across the county, the Powys Nature Partnership have developed and published the first Powys Nature Recovery Action Plan.

The Powys Nature Recovery Action Plan (PNRAP) takes the objectives from the Welsh Government’s Nature Recovery Action Plan for Wales and sets them in the context of local priorities. The plan has been developed by the Powys Nature Partnership (PNP), a group of organisations and individuals committed to reversing the declines in biodiversity across Powys and of which Powys County Council is a part.

At the heart of the Powys Nature Recovery Action plan is the ambition to reverse the declines in biodiversity in Powys by focussing on developing resilient nature recovery networks. The plan aims to guide the work of the Powys Nature Partnership, to stimulate project ideas, to target nature conservation efforts, and to provide a rationale for local action to achieve national objectives.

“Powys is a beautiful county with an abundance of varied and beautiful landscapes, but we can’t ignore that even in our idyllic and rural part of the world, the decline in nature and wildlife is still a huge issue.” Explains Cllr Jackie Charlton, Cabinet Member for a Greener Powys.

“In Wales, the 2019 State of Nature report estimated that 1 in 6 of Wales’ species are at risk of extinction and that over the past 50 years 73 species have already become extinct and a further 666 species are threatened with extinction.

“We cannot sit back on our laurels, we must take action, and the development of the Powys Nature Recovery Action Plan and the collaboration of all the organisations and individuals working together in the Powys Nature Partnership is a great start.”

The Powys Nature Recovery Action Plan is informed by and contributes towards the goals and duties set out in recent legislation such as the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act (2015) and the Environment (Wales) Act (2016). The plan will be subject to continual review by the Powys Nature Partnership and will evolve over time in response to new information, future consultations and changes in legislation, policy, and funding opportunities.

The Powys Nature Recovery Action Plan can be viewed here: Powys Nature Recovery Action Plan 

More information on the Powys Nature Partnership can be found here: Powys Nature Partnership

Photo credit: Keith Noble