The open letter asks the First Minister to bring forward a new Bill to the 2023-24 legislative programme, to urgently address Wales’s position as “one of the most nature depleted countries in the world” and enshrine a “commitment to nature recovery targets” into law.
In an unprecedented collective call for action - we have joined signatories from all sectors of society, every corner of Wales, with diverse interests, to call for this action - businesses, institutions, charities, universities, unions, social enterprise, schools and community groups make up the 304 signatories to date.
Wales remains the only nation in the UK which has not created an independent body to oversee the implementation of environmental law and ensure public bodies are meeting their obligations. Legally binding nature recovery targets and an independent watchdog to scrutinise delivery are a part of the package Wales needs to drive action to be Nature Positive by 2030.
The 2019 State of Nature report estimated that one in six of species in Wales are at risk of extinction. Since scientific monitoring began in the 1970s, 73 species have already gone extinct and a further 666 species are threatened with extinction in Wales. The 2020 State of Natural Resources Report for Wales also shows that Wales’ species and habitats are in serious decline and the resilience of ecosystems is in decline.
David Kilner - Nature Positive Campaign Coordinator, said:
“We are at a pivotal time for nature - up and down the country communities and NGOs are taking action, protecting and restoring nature, from pocket gardens to new nature reserves. The return of the Red Kite and the success of many other species programmes, are reasons to be optimistic - this work can be done, it just needs government will, legal obligations and a watchdog to follow it through - Nature cannot wait for us.”
Alun Prichard, Director of RSPB Cymru said
The new Global Biodiversity Framework is the catalyst for Government action to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030. We need legally binding targets and robust governance to drive this in Wales. The wildlife that depends on our rivers, forests and oceans can’t wait any longer.
Climate Cymru, who are coordinating the campaign, are inviting all nature conscious organisations to get in touch to add their voice to the letter to the First Minister.
They have also launched a page on their website that makes it easy for the public to send a message to Mark Drakeford.
Sam Ward - Climate Cymru Manager, said:
The current trajectory of extinction and decline is not inevitable. A future where we see thriving and rejuvenation of nature in Wales is absolutely possible if Welsh Government take necessary urgent action. People have genuine power to influence Welsh Government if we work in a collective and strategic way. We have made it easy for people to demonstrate to politicians that they care, either as individuals or organisations, and we are inviting everyone to do so.
You can find the Open Letter here - https://climate.cymru/campaigns/nature-positive/
Take action by emailing Mark Drakeford and adding your voice to the campaign: http://bitly.ws/BhfP