Under the Natural Environment & Rural Communities Act 2006, we have a duty to consider biodiversity when carrying out all our functions and this is particularly relevant to our responsibilities in respect of the Local Development Plan and Development management.
Biodiversity is a core component of sustainable development, underpinning economic development and prosperity, and has an important role to play in developing locally distinctive and sustainable communities. The conservation and enhancement of biodiversity is vital in our response to climate change and in the delivery of key ecosystem services such as food, flood management, pollination and provision of clean air and water.
We are committed to undertaking, reviewing and reporting on the action agreed annually with the Wales Biodiversity Partnership to meet our Biodiversity Duty under the NERC Act 2006.
We regard biodiversity conservation as an essential component of the vision for Carmarthenshire in the future, as demonstrated in the Integrated Community Strategy. This strategy has a vision to ‘Protect, enhance and conserve our natural and built environment and champion biodiversity in the County’. We are one of the partner organisations on the Local Service Board that delivers the aims and objectives of the Community Strategy.
Local Biodiversity Action Plan
We contribute to the implementation of the Carmarthenshire Local Biodiversity Action Plan. The Carmarthenshire Local Biodiversity Action Plan has been produced by a partnership of organisations concerned with the conservation of the county's wildlife.
The LBAP contains a series of action plans covering the nationally threatened or declining species and habitats in the county, as well as species and habitats of local concern. It includes for example, action plans for lowland meadows, upland oak woods, red squirrel and water vole. Each action plan includes actions aimed at conserving and enhancing that particular habitat or species within the county.
If these actions are to succeed, they will require a number of individuals and organisations to work together in partnership - including land owners, government agencies, wildlife conservation groups, local authorities and industry.