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Sustainable Development

The National Assembly for Wales Sustainability Committee has recently concluded its inquiries into both planning and biodiversity respectively. Reports summarising the inquiries findings and key recommendations can be found at the links below.

  • Inquiry into Biodiversity in Wales
  • Inquiry into Planning in Wales

The Welsh Assembly Government has made sustainable development their central organising principle.

Sustainable Development in Wales

In Wales, we want to move towards sustainable development by:

  • improving the economy, and social and environmental wellbeing of people and communities - achieving a better quality of life for us and future generations;
  • promoting fair and safe communities and equal opportunities; and
  • supporting our natural and cultural environments and respecting their limits - we do this by only using our fair share of resources and sustaining our cultural legacy.

How will WAG measure Sustainable Development?

There are a number of key things they will be monitoring and these are the Headline Indicators. These indicators should be considered together, not individually, to give an overview of progress towards becoming a sustainable nation.

The indicators are:

  • Sustainable resource use - as measured using Wales’ Ecological Footprint;
  • Sustaining the environment - percentage of Biodiversity Action Plan species and habitats recorded as stable or increasing;
  • A sustainable economy - Gross Value Added (GVA) and GVA per head;
  • A sustainable society - percentage of the population in low-income households; and Wellbeing.

WAG will publish a report each year to show the progress that they have made.

Wellbeing

Wellbeing is a positive physical, social and mental state. It requires that:

  • basic needs are met;
  • individuals have a sense of purpose;
  • they feel able to reach personal goals and take part in society.

Wellbeing is enhanced by:

  • supportive personal relationships;
  • strong and inclusive communities;
  • good health;
  • financial and personal security;
  • rewarding employment; and
  • a healthy and attractive environment.

Visit the Welsh Assembly Government website for more information.


Last Modified on: 05-12-2018

Forthcoming Events

Family of Miners Exhibition

Date:
22/08/2019 - 30/12/2019
Description:
A photographic exhibition by Walter Waygood documenting mining and miners of Blaenafon from the 1970s onwards.

A Traditional Welsh Christmas

Date:
14/12/2019
Description:
Wrap up warm and gather at Pit Top at 10.15am to welcome Father Christmas as he travels 300ft UP from underground, then later join him in his cottage for Storytime.* Browse our Christmas Market selling handmade gifts and crafts, make your own Christmas Crafts* and enjoy our Festive Food Offer in the Canteen.

Christmas at Greenmeadow Community Farm

Date:
14 - 15/12/2019
Description:
We are delighted to be welcoming back one of our absolute FAVOURITE visitors...Father Christmas will be sledging in with a Ho Ho Ho to welcome school groups and prebooked groups of 10 or more to the Farm from late November - please call for details or to book!

Farmer for a Day

Date:
14/12/2019
Description:
Suitable for age 8-14. Get the Real Life Farming Experience at Greenmeadow Community Farm!
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