Dialogue necessary on challenges facing wildlife and farming

Published on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 12:28
Written by Vicki Mitchem

Party of Wales' Environment and Agriculture spokesperson Llyr Gruffydd AM has welcomed that the Minister has responded to his calls to open a dialogue on the challenges that face rural Wales.

Mr Gruffydd had called on the Minister to bring together farming organisations and wildlife organisations to respond to the twin challenges of farming resilience and loss of biodiversity in Wales. In light of the independent review into the viability of farm business models in Wales and the publication of the "State of Nature" healthcheck of wildlife in Wales, Mr Gruffydd said that all parties should be brought together to plan a comprehensive response that delivers sustainable outcomes.

The Minister has today announced that a summit will be held in the Royal Welsh Show for conservationists and those who make their living from our land and sea.

The Party of Wales Shadow Environment and Agriculture Minister Llyr Gruffydd said:

"I'm glad the Minister has recognised the importance of bringing together all interested parties to respond to these two key challenges that face rural Wales.

"Wildlife in Wales is shown to be in serious decline with devastating consequences for the Welsh environment, and we need an open discussion on how we can respond to this.

"It's time we moved on from what has too often been a polarised debate. This summit will provide a long overdue opportunity to get everyone around the table to build on the common ground and bottom out areas of disagreement.

"This must not be a one-off event. It's essential that it is the start of a longer process that ultimately adapts the way we work with the ambitious aim of enhancing both productivity and biodiversity.

"With both farming and wildlife facing challenging times there's no doubt in my mind that we can solve both conundrums, even with the same answer. But only if everyone is part of that answer."

Source: Plaid Cymru

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