Natural Resources Wales Research
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) brings together the functions of the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales and Forestry Commission Wales, as well as some functions of Welsh Government. NRW’s purpose is to ensure that the natural resources of Wales are sustainably maintained, used and enhanced, now and in the future.
NRW are advisors to the Welsh Government, to industry and to the wider public and voluntary sector. They advise on how new policies, legislation, developments and other issues affect the environment. They are also the regulator responsible for marine licencing and European Protected Species licencing for marine energy developments in Welsh waters.
NRW is committed to the sustainable production of green energy at sea. They have a key role to play in providing advice to the Welsh and UK Governments on the development of the offshore marine renewable energy sector and potential impacts on the marine environment of Wales, including wildlife and habitats, water quality, flood risk and seascapes and landscapes. In addition NRW work closely with others, including marine renewable energy developers and key stakeholders in the maritime environment to ensure that Wales’ coasts and seas have the appropriate management frameworks and policies in place to secure their future.
NRW is committed to working to support the development of marine renewable energy in locations, and using technologies and approaches that avoid significant adverse environmental impacts. The report below summarises work CCW undertook to produce and share key synthesised evidence relating to Welsh natural heritage interests, in the form of GIS-based data layers, to be taken into account by strategic planning process for marine energy devices (wave and tidal stream).
Natural heritage evidence to support strategic planning for marine renewable energy CCW Policy Research