Celebrating Rural Development Success - Issue 06 - Sustainable Management of Natural Resources


Sharing Success - Issue 06- Sustainable Management of Natural Resources


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Celebrating Rural Wales - 9 & 10 June 2022


Wales Rural Network's first 'physical' event since 2019

Plans are well underway, contacts have been made and specialist Panel Members are being secured.

Make sure you have one or both days firmly blocked out to attend this celebration event, showcasing the many (and there are thousands) successful projects that have received funding through this Programme.

Collaborative Working for a Sustainable Future


Welcome to another edition of our 'Celebrating Rural' newsletter, it's been a while since the last one but we're back, celebrating more fantastic projects supported by the European & Wales' Rural Development Programme.

In this edition we are looking at the importance of sustainability and ways we can protect and manage the beautiful natural resources we have in Wales.

The Sustainable Management Scheme (SMS) supports direct action on managing natural resources across Wales delivering against the approach and principles laid down in the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 & the Well‑being of future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

The purpose of the scheme is to support collaborative landscape scale projects delivering nature-based solutions to improve the resilience of our natural resources and ecosystems in a way that also delivers benefits to farm businesses and the health and well-being of rural communities.

SMS projects are undertaking actions to enhance biodiversity, improve green infrastructure, sustain better land and water management and importantly, facilitate climate change adaptation and mitigation at landscape scale, through collaborative partnerships.

These collaborations include land owners,farmers and graziers who have seen the benefits working together can bring and have been inspired to work with new and traditional methods.

Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020 other 'Sustainability of our Natural Resource' Schemes

The Environment and Climate Change is on everyone's mind and Sustainability is key to this cross-cutting theme.

in addition to the Sustainable Management Scheme (SMS), the following funding streams also consider these issues.

Farming Connect -  An enhanced programme is providing support which is transforming the business prospects of thousands of farmers and foresters.

EIP WalesEIP Wales is providing funding to 46 projects from across Wales which are trialling innovative techniques and technologies at a practical level within farming and forestry businesses.

Sector Success Stories & Case Studies


Biodiversity means Business

The focus of this project is centred on the large (550ha) rurally located Wrexham Industrial Estate. NWWT’s vision is to make the landscape within and around the industrial estate more habitable to wildlife, more accessible for people, and more attractive to businesses whilst also improving the health and wellbeing of employees and nearby communities.

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Golygfa Gwydyr: People and Forest

Golygfa Gwydyr is a social enterprise based in Llanrwst, North Wales. They are a non profit, community led organisation. Within the context of local community and place, their aim is to enhance social, environmental and economic resilience and to provide opportunities for personal growth and vibrant community relations.


Building Resilience In Catchments (BRICs)

A project, led by PLANED, delivering landscape scale collaborative action, working in partnership with Natural Resources Wales and Dwr Cymru to bring together farmers, industry, supply chain, environmental organisations and local communities in order to implement “Building Resilience into Catchments” (BRICs).


The SMS is designed to meet RDP Focus Area 4: Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems dependent on agriculture and forestry by:

  • Restoring and preserving biodiversity, including Natura 2000 areas and high nature value farming, and the state of European landscapes
  • Improving soil management
  • Improving water management
  • Carbon sequestration in agriculture and forestry.

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Wales Rural Network News provides a round-up of news, information and networking opportunities relating to the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. It helps to facilitate the sharing of common issues and examples of good practice within Wales, the UK and Europe. If you have items to contribute which are related to rural development in Wales, please contact Ruralnetwork@gov.wales


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