Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee: Launch of the 'Branching Out: a new ambition for woodland policies' Report
Members of the Committee hosted a launch and Q&A Session at the National Assembly for Wales stand at the Royal Welsh Show, to discuss the work of the Committee during a ‘Question and Answer’ session. During the event, the Committee launched a new report on its inquiry into forestry and woodland policy in Wales. The Committee’s work covers climate change, energy, natural resources management, planning, animal welfare and agriculture.
A lively session followed the briefing launch with discussion focusing largely on issues such as the possible transition from CAP and its impact on Welsh Woodland; the relationship between woodland and conservation interests and of course woodland and agriculture. Adrian Greason-Walker, Policy Advocate for the Wales Tourism Alliance, raised the issue of Tourism and its importance to the Welsh economy and noted that it is often treated as a side issue. He also raised that woodland is a key part of our Tourism product and our industry is keen to be involved in the development of woodland products, as a sustainable asset of the tourism product that can be sensitively utilised for the benefit of conservation and the many micro and SME tourism businesses that the WTA and its members represent. The Members of the Committee expressed their general support in this direction.
The full report with recommendations can be found here: http://senedd.assembly.wales/documents/s500003799/Report.pdf