One Wales: One Planet

Consultation on a new Sustainable Development Scheme for Wales
November 2008

Please respond to this consultation by 4 February 2009 Responses can be submitted by letter, fax or e-mail to: Sustainable Development Branch Department for Environment, Sustainability and Housing Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3NQ Fax: 029 2082 5008. Tel: 029 2082 3388/029 2082 6769

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Page Context Ministerial Foreword Introduction 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Our Principles and Vision A Strong and Confident Nation A Healthy Future A Prosperous Society Living Communities Learning for Life A Fair and Just Society A Sustainable Environment A Rich and Diverse Culture 1 5 7 11 15 19 23 27 31 35 39 43 47 49 51

Annex A: Measuring Progress Annex B: The role of others Annex C: Key supporting documents


and emailing your views and questions to our mailbox. participation in consultation events. Is the new Vision helpful to you as a long term view of a sustainable Wales that you can aim towards? Q3. and processes that the Assembly Government will put in place to ensure its work coherently reflects the goals of sustainable development. the Welsh Assembly Government would like to encourage you to give us your views on the following questions/issues: Is the suite of SD indicators comprehensive to act as clear drivers and provide sufficient clarity about the direction of travel to help measure progress to SD.Context This consultation is on the draft of a renewed Sustainable Development Scheme under the Government of Wales Act 2006. and do they help you align the way you measure your organisation's contribution and progress towards SD? 1 . which are set out on our website: http://new. specific outcomes that the Assembly Government will seek to achieve through its main policies and programmes. and how you should use it.and if not what else should it say to reflect your input into working towards a sustainable Wales? Q2. Are the specific actions and commitments helpful to you in demonstrating our commitment to SD and the route we will take? Q5. The main aims of the Scheme are to set out: • • • a long-term Vision of a sustainable Wales that is real. clear . Is the overall purpose of the scheme. relevant and meaningful to the people of Wales and its organisations. Are the key outcomes sufficiently clear and comprehensive to help you align your activities as you plan and deliver your actions in support of a sustainable Wales? Q4. It sets out how the Welsh Assembly Government intends to promote sustainable development in the exercise of the Welsh Ministers’ functions. there are a variety of ways doing this. We also welcome the opportunity to meet with organisations to discuss the In particular. Your views on this consultation will be used to develop the new Sustainable Development Scheme. If you would like to get involved in providing This includes written responses to this document.

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In this consultation document we have sought to highlight how our relevant policies and commitments will both contribute to the well-being of the people of Wales and move us towards using only our fair share of the earth’s resources.7 planets worth of resources. smart nation.Ministerial Foreword I am delighted to present our consultation on the new Sustainable Development Scheme for Wales. One Wales.the amount of waste we generate.we know that we are living beyond the environment’s means to sustain us. Climate change is the clearest example that our current lifestyles are unsustainable. One Planet. as a small. This shows that if everyone on the earth lived as we do. in ways which contribute sustainably to people’s economic. We are very far from living sustainably. I am proud that the Government of Wales Act 2006 places the promotion of sustainable development at the heart of the Welsh Assembly Government’s work. It also shows that. our Ecological Footprint could increase by 20% by 2020. social and environmental wellbeing. We would then be using 3. I launched a report that recalculates Wales’ Ecological Footprint. This is a tremendous challenge. In May this year. We remain one of the few administrations in world to have such a statutory duty. and it gives us an opportunity to develop Wales. I hope you will aspire to Wales becoming a One Planet Nation – to achieve One Wales: One Planet. I invite you to let me have your comments about this proposed Scheme for Sustainable Development and to help us ensure that together we can deliver real and lasting changes to transform people’s live across Wales. This new Sustainable Development Scheme provides an opportunity for us to confirm sustainable development as the central organising principle of public service – because public service must be about achieving benefits for the whole of society and for the long term. the amount we travel .3 planets worth of resources. Jane Davidson AM 5 . we would use 2. and one in which we must all play our part. now and in the future. but wherever we look . unchecked.

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one of the few administrations in the world to have a distinctive statutory duty in relation to sustainable development. Report from Civil Society to inform the review and re-make of the Sustainable Development Scheme. 8 February 2008. 3 Cynnal Cymru (2008). Pitts (2008). and which enhance the natural and cultural environment and respect its limits . The Sustainable Development Effectiveness Report for the Welsh Assembly Government.using only our fair share of the earth’s resources and sustaining our cultural legacy. Sustainable development is the process by which we reach the goal of sustainability. social and environmental wellbeing of people and communities. and in work by Cynnal Cymru2 3 1 2 UK’s shared framework for sustainable development Flynn. top of the list… of our priorities which will continue to improve the quality of life for people today and in the future… is sustainability” First Minister. This Scheme also provides an opportunity to respond to the issues raised in the review of the effectiveness of Starting to Live Differently. Transformation Nation. Much has been achieved since the inception of the duty through our two previous Sustainable Development Schemes: Learning to Live Differently (2000) and Starting to Live Differently (2004). achieving a better quality of life for our own and future generations. sustainable development means enhancing the economic. This must be done in ways which and promote social justice and equality of opportunity. Our Duty In Wales. particularly in our less well-off communities. the Welsh Assembly Government is proud that sustainable development is a core principle within its founding statute. In the context of Wales. Netherwood. This duty. and the benefits that people will see from this. This Scheme should be seen as a sustainable development scheme for the people of Wales. INTRODUCTION What is sustainable development? The goal of sustainable development is to “enable all people throughout the world to satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a better quality of life without compromising the quality of life of future generations” 1. 7 . how we will make sustainable development a reality for people in Wales. Marsden. This consultation document seeks to build on these experiences and set out our proposals to promote sustainable development. in the exercise of their functions. We were. and indeed remain. sustainable future for [my grandchildren and their grandchildren] and every other child growing up in Wales today…[Therefore]. requires Welsh Ministers to make a scheme setting out how they propose. which was contained within the Government of Wales Act 1998 and which now falls under the Government of Wales Act 2006 (Section 79). to promote sustainable development.“I want a Wales fit for generations to come…What motivates me is doing my very best to ensure a brighter.

across all Ministerial portfolios. E. and the underpinning principles of sustainable development will remain constant. innovative and productive economy that delivers high levels of employment.. University of York. Whilst the vision. Stockholm Environment Institute. and the principles and actions to underpin that. will be the overarching strategic aim of all of our policies and programmes. It demands joined-up government with a focus on the long-term and serving the citizen. This will be done in ways that protect and enhance the physical and natural environment. J. To reflect these two key threads. and a just society that promotes social inclusion. support and drive all our policies and programmes in a joined up way to deliver sustainable development. but provides a unifying vision and set of operational principles that will thread through. We want the Scheme to be used actively by all organisations in Wales to help them plan and deliver their work and activities.The purpose of the Scheme for Sustainable Development This Schemes sets out a vision for a sustainable Wales. and that the timescale for this transformation will be the lifetime of a generation. A framework supporting One Wales This Scheme is not separate from our One Wales agenda. (2008) Wales’ Ecological Footprint – scenarios to 2020. Shared Principles The UK’s shared framework. and use resources and energy as 4 Dawkins. 8 . Paul. Sustainable development represents a real organising principle. the title of the new Scheme is One Wales: One Planet. report to WAG.different paths. directly supporting the aims we have already set in the Wales Spatial Plan and for Local Service Boards across Wales. K. there will be a need to update this Scheme in the future to reflect new policies required to take us further down the road to achieve the Vision. Barrett. relevant to all sectors of society. One Future . But we recognise there will be more to do. J. We hope that this Scheme will allow organisations in Wales to align their activities to the vision and the supporting outcomes. This Scheme is a strategic framework document setting out how our policies and commitments will move closer to delivering sustainable development over this Assembly term. Minx. A. the definition of sustainable development. and that the required momentum of change must be faster. The vision of a sustainable Wales. and Scott. We recognise that the vision will require radical change in all sectors of society. sustainable communities and personal well-being. and the supporting definition of sustainable development (the process of development to achieve the vision). nor additional to our existing policy work.and reducing our environmental impact. It emphasise the twin guiding themes of helping people – particularly those worst off . Recent commissioned work4 shows that the existing policy commitments in our programme One Wales have the potential to stabilise Wales’ ecological footprint by 2020 in the key areas of transport... sets out that the goal for sustainable development will be “pursued in an integrated way through a sustainable. food and housing.

. While environmental protection remains at the heart of the strategy. and becoming a One Planet nation within the lifetime of a generation. EU context At the EU level.efficiently as possible”5. The EU SD Strategy priorities are reflected in our SD Scheme. EU Sustainable Development Strategy. A chapter on each relevant One Wales heading highlighting the outcomes we wish to achieve through relevant commitments. will demonstrate ensuring a strong. Format of this Scheme The format of this Scheme will cover the following key elements: • • • • Our guiding principles and a renewed vision and pathway towards a sustainable Wales. other guiding principles include social equity and cohesion. An Annex on how we will measure our progress. This Scheme is consistent with the overarching principles of the UK shared framework. we will demonstrate the principle of living within environmental limits. available at www…. In particular. 9 . economic prosperity and ensuring policies are coherent with international responsibilities. 5 6 UK’s shared framework for sustainable development. An Annex on the key role of others sector in contributing to our vision of a sustainable Wales. national. and global actions in order to enhance their contribution to sustainable development. in line with our One Wales commitments (Chapter 1). the renewal of the EU SD strategy6 in 2006 confirmed the long standing commitment to sustainable development and the support and promotion of actions to enable the EU to achieve continuous improvement of quality of life for both current and future generations. healthy and just society through achieving a sustainable economy. and especially those in our less well off communities. Our focus on how a sustainable approach will improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the people of Wales. These linkages will ensure there is coherence between EU policies and coherence between regional. by setting a pathway to using only our fair share of the earth’s resources.

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so that sustainable development – as the process that leads to us becoming a sustainable society – becomes the overarching aim of Government and the public sector. and 6 supporting principles: • Core principle 1: Involvement – people and communities are at the heart of SD.all of our policies will show how we will reduce Wales’ Ecological Footprint to work towards our vision. social and environmental wellbeing of communities . those not measured in monetary terms.especially to the economic. promoting innovation in the way that we deliver services. We will promote whole system thinking. especially in managing waste and pollution. and the identification of solutions that meet their needs. so we will be inclusive in our involvement of all our stakeholders in the development of our policies and programmes. Supporting principle 2: Full costs and benefits – we will identify and take account of the full range of costs and benefits. social and environmental challenges will achieve sustainable development. from 2011 in those areas where we have devolved competence. and move towards a zero-waste society. year-on-year. in our policy making.we will solve problems. Core principle 2: Integration – only an approach that makes the connections between.CHAPTER 1: OUR PRINCIPLES AND VISION Principles Sustainable development should be the central organising principle for Government and the wider public sector in Wales. and effectively integrates. in cases where there is lack of full scientific certainty. economic. Supporting principle 5: Proximity principle . initially through showing how we will reduce our CO2 emissions by 3% a year. taking account also of risks . and those costs that are global as well as local.and uncertainties associated with action and inaction. Supporting principle 4: Polluter pays principle – we will ensure that social and environmental costs of development fall on those who impose them. locally. including those over the long-term. rather than passing them onto other places or to future generations • • • • • • 11 . Such an approach will be underpinned by the following 2 core principles. Supporting principle 3: Precautionary principle – we will use an evidenced-based approach to decision-making but we will not postpone decisions on cost-effective solutions to potential problems. Supporting principle 1: Decoupling .

wherever possible.our approach to sustainable development will reflect and respond to the particular needs and issues of communities in different parts of Wales. by theme. To achieve this goal over a generation. Within the lifetime of a generation we want to see Wales using only its fair share of the earth’s resources. resulting in a similar reduction our greenhouse gas emissions. source more of our food locally and in season. generating a healthy future for all. To reduce this we must: • radically reduce by 80-90% our use of carbon-based energy. have a radically different approach to waste management. and do all this in ways which make us a fairer society. building on our commitments to tackling child and fuel poverty. The figure below shows how our current footprint is made up. and can live and work in ways which have a much stronger connection with our local economies and communities. reducing the gap between rich and poor.• Supporting principle 6: Reflecting distinctiveness . This will build on our stated goal of achieving 70% recycling of municipal waste by 2025. • • • • 12 . organise the way we live and work so we can travel less by car. This reflects the latest estimates for action needed to address damaging climate change. It would build on our existing 3% per annum reduction target in Wales and our ambitions to make all new buildings zero carbon buildings and to move to producing as much electricity from renewable sources by 2025 as we consume. creating a fair and just society within a sustainable environment. and underpinned by the creation of a prosperous society. for 2003). Our Vision of a Sustainable Wales Through our One Wales Programme for Government we are committed to developing a strong and confident nation: living communities that fully reflect our rich and diverse culture. moving towards becoming a zero waste nation.88 global hectares per person. as outlined in the Wales Spatial Plan update. we will need to reduce by two thirds the total resources we currently use to sustain our lifestyles. and where our ecological footprint is reduced to the global average availability of resources – 1. with each Spatial Plan Area making its full contribution (see Figure 1 for Wales’ ecological footprint. ensuring opportunities for learning for life.

Private services 5% Public services 12%

Other 1%

Capital investment 4%

Housing 25% Consumer items 15%

Food 20% Transport 18% Figure 1: Ecological footprint of Wales by theme (2003)

ACTION 1: To promote a low footprint Wales, we will further extend the use of ecological footprinting by introducing a grant scheme from 2009/10.



Sustainable development should be the central organising principle for the whole of the public sector, to provide the strong sense of purpose and direction necessary to deliver the real and lasting changes to transform people’s lives all over Wales. The Welsh Assembly Government aspires to become an exemplar organisation and has a key role in leading change in Wales and encouraging and enabling others to do so. The steps we are taking to meet this aspiration, and additional actions related to the key outcomes, are set out below. KEY OUTCOMES AND ACTIONS: • The Welsh Assembly Government, as an exemplar organisation, demonstrates leadership on sustainable development, and encourages and enables others to embrace SD as the central organising principle. ACTION 2: We will benchmark our progress on sustainable development in our operations against other Government departments using the Sustainable Development Commission’s Sustainable Development in Government (SDiG) reporting process, from spring 2009. Sustainable development considerations are at the core of the evaluation and development of our policies and our new and existing investment proposals. ACTION 3: Through our Policy Integration Toolkit, we will identify how each new initiative can best contribute to sustainable development and we will use the Resources and Energy Analysis Programme (REAP) to identify the contribution of these to reducing Wales’ Ecological Footprint. There are effective and participative systems of governance in all levels of society. KEY ACTION 4 We will develop a strategy to reduce each Wales Spatial Area's ecological footprint across the range of its activities, and set this out in the Area's delivery framework. As part of this, we will define the concept of low-carbon regions and how this can be achieved in each Spatial Plan Area.

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How our work will improve the lives of communities • Business decision-making - All of our business decision-making will support sustainable development as the central organising principle. Using our new IDEAs management system, we will measure our performance coherently against a few key outcomes so that we are clear how our work is contributing to achieving lasting change. We will look to improve our planning and budgeting processes through the Managing for Delivery Project. This will help ensure that resources are aligned closely with policy objectives. We will work towards embedding Wales Spatial Plan (WSP) priorities in our business planning and project approval processes, aiming towards ensuring Assembly Government budgets are aligned with the WSP. 15

supporting the statutory guidance.Until now the law7 has required local authorities to demonstrate continuous improvement each year in terms of the economy.Training programmes will be developed to raise awareness.We will update the Policy Gateway Integration Toolkit to ensure that sustainable development is the central organising principle of policy development. 16 . it would provide that improving the sustainability of a local authority’s operations and taking action to deliver community strategies are as important as improving the measured quality or efficiency of local authority services. building upon the success of the One Planet Leadership Programme. will guide local authorities and their partners in developing Community Strategies which contribute to our vision of a sustainable Wales. Training . strategies and programmes meet the needs of all people and communities in Wales. Improving local sustainability .Through our WSP Area Delivery Frameworks. whilst encouraging the use of the SRA on all contracts over the European procurement threshold. Our Equality Impact Assessment will further ensure our policies. continually improving and becoming an exemplar for the Welsh Public Sector. Local Service Boards (LSBs) will provide collaborative leadership at a local level to enable a focus on partnership action through the delivery of projects. we have brought forward a draft Assembly Measure to reform the law in this area. This neglects the broader and longer-term effects – positive and negative – that they can have on the areas and communities that they serve. Accordingly. develop skills and change behaviour on sustainability issues. • • • • 7 Section 3 of the Local Government Act 1999.We will use our buying power to raise our performance in sustainable procurement by benchmarking. Governance and partnership . There will be more training and advice. promote know-how. encouraging the wider public sector to benchmark its performance and produce action plans for improvement. Policy making . The Advice Note on Sustainable Development for Community Strategies. efficiency and effectiveness of their operations. we will focus on delivering the strategic regional priorities that have been identified in partnership through the work of the Spatial Plan Groups and testing the spatial impacts of policies on the ground. captured in a local delivery agreement.• Procurement . A programme of events/awareness raising for the wider public sector will be developed alongside Public Services Management Wales (PSMW). A Sustainable Risk Assessment (SRA) will be applied to all competitively tendered contracts over £25k.

Financial scrutiny . Partnership . of many of the strategies and programmes referred to within this Scheme. A Sustainable Environment.We will use our sustainable development indicators to drive our policy development by ensuring that our policies are aligned with the “direction of travel” provided by the indicators. The WSP Area Groups will provide the leadership for this process. waste and transport use for commuting.We will ensure that scrutiny of expenditure plans (including grant applications) tests whether the expenditure supports policies effectively. as part of our Policy Gateway process. 17 . This will be especially important to achieve the outcomes in Chapter 8 of the Scheme. and achieve “excellent” standard under BREEAM for new buildings.Within the Welsh Assembly Government estate.How our work will contribute to reducing Wales’ ecological footprint • Greening operations . We will continue working to extend Level 5 of the Green Dragon Standard to the entire core WAG administrative estate. prevent pollution and comply with environmental legislation.The partnerships and processes set up under the Wales Spatial Plan will be key to ensuring the integration. • • Measuring our progress • Indicators . at a regional level. we will minimise our own ecological footprint by engaging with all individuals to change their own working practices in order to reduce resource consumption. We will demonstrate that sustainable development considerations have been included as part of this.

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social development and other services. improving their natural and built environment. Better health . Through development and implementation of a Rural Health Plan and Health Inequalities Strategy there will be fairer access to health services for all and targeted actions to reduce health inequalities. and in use of energy and water. particularly for those employed in smaller businesses and low paid workers. transport and waste management. is key to sustainable development.CHAPTER 3: A HEALTHY FUTURE A strong. KEY OUTCOMES AND ACTIONS: • • A nation that values and promotes healthy living and improves the quality of life for all.We wish to see more people walking and cycling as a result of the Wales Transport Strategy and other relevant programmes such as the Coastal Access Improvement Programme and implementation of the Assembly Government’s Walking and Cycling Action Plan. and to make progress we set out the actions we are taking.We want to see fewer people smoking. building. ACTION 5: We will invest £190 million in public health and health improvement through the Public Health Strategic Framework for Wales. ‘Our Healthy Future’ which will improve the quality and length of life and improve equity in health. A real commitment to good health for all is the basis for a strong. • 19 . while living within environmental limits. • • How our work will improve the lives of communities • More exercise . healthy and just society. Poor health constrains people’s lives and reduces the vitality and prosperity of the community. prosperous and caring community. It can be tackled by influencing people’s behaviour. ACTION 6: We will ensure that sustainable development will be made a core objective for the restructured NHS in all it does by giving clear duties to the new bodies to demonstrate best practice in planning and design. especially amongst children in Communities First areas through our ASSIST initiative. and by imaginative investment in education. An NHS that leads on low carbon and sustainable development best practice and health services that focus on successful outcomes. There will be more emphasis on preventing ill health through Health Challenge Wales and we want many more organisations achieving excellence in workplace health schemes alongside improved access to occupational health services. We want to see significant improvements in the health of all of the people of Wales – this is a key challenge.

with minimum generation of food waste. healthy food culture in all parts of Wales so that all people’s diets are safe. distribution and consumption of food in Wales. there will be a much lower food ecological footprint & much lower CO2 emissions associated with production. cycling and the use of public transport and to reduce traffic congestion. improving access and reducing the need to travel. where it is clinically appropriate and sustainable to do so.NHS Trusts are required to develop and implement a sustainable travel plan for their major hospital sites by 31 March 2009 to increase walking. and maximum composting. There will be decreased waste in the NHS Estate by achieving the targets contained within the Healthcare Waste Strategy for Wales. Progress will be needed so the labelling of Welsh food and drink reflects its full costs and its health potential. • • Through our work we will contribute to reducing Wales’ ecological footprint by ensuring: • Energy and waste . diverse. Stronger NHS . there will also be a focus on community groups in targeted areas of socio-economic deprivation to improve access to healthy food. Healthy food procurement . We want to see widespread business skills in resourceefficiency and environmental management in these areas.There will be greater proportion of publicsector procured food sourced from within Wales.• Healthy eating . as well as from retailers and food outlets. health promoting vending machines will make it easier for people to make healthier food choices. processing. We want everyone to have access to affordable. Organisations’ procurement strategies and specifications will be reviewed to ensure sustainable development is built into the process and fresh food specified wherever possible. and to reduce the amount of food waste households. A travel plan toolkit has been developed to assist in the production of these plans. 20 • • .There will be stronger NHS engagement with the public and communities on planning and accessing health services. We want people to only buy the food they need. locally supplied food. with more NHS bodies attaining a BREEAM for Healthcare rating of EXCELLENT for all construction projects funded using Welsh Assembly Government monies. In hospitals. through the forthcoming Local Sourcing Strategic Action Plan. Whilst action will be taken to improve the nutritional quality of food supplied in public settings.Through our Quality of Food for All Action Plan we want to see a strong. with sustainable development principles at the heart of the planning process of the restructured NHS. balanced. Local food . for a healthy balanced diet.We want to see energy use and carbon emissions in the NHS Estate driven down. nutritious. Travel . more health services located closer to home and communities. and contribute actively to positive physical health and wellbeing.Through our Food and Drink from Wales Strategy. for example. There will be.

Benefit dependency: percentage of people on key benefits. we report on progress under this heading using: • • Health inequality: infant mortality and life expectancy.Measuring our progress Within our current Sustainable Development Indicators. 21 .

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The direction provided by business leaders who are committed to sustainable development must become a catalyst for other businesses. then reducing. sustainable economy is central to the generation of wealth and to the achievement of our vision. and the embedding of equal opportunities. especially those in disadvantaged groups. Tackling disadvantage . and seeking to maximise the benefits to the local community and economy from the way regeneration takes place. stable and sustainable economy for Wales that is able to develop whilst stabilising. • ACTION 7: In our regeneration work we will encourage our partners to adopt similar principles to ours.Our Communities First programme will enable local people in the most disadvantaged areas to work together to develop community-based. will be able to access • 23 . o a low carbon lifestyle is considered in the workplace as well as at home.We will encourage a pro-active approach by business to Corporate Social Responsibility and community health and wellbeing. and our approach is set out below. Economically inactive and unemployed people. How our work will improve the lives of communities • Best practice . KEY OUTCOMES AND ACTIONS: • A strong. will be a powerful influence. We recognise that more needs to be done to achieve progress. including use of relevant standards such as the Corporate Health Standard. Through continuous innovation and technological advances. Training. and the influence of business supply chains. its use of natural resources and mitigating its impact on climate change.CHAPTER 4: A PROSPEROUS SOCIETY The role of business within a prosperous. low waste economy. with zero carbon buildings at the heart of that goal. including issues such as people’s work-life balance. businesses must produce goods and services with much greater resource efficiency. and o regeneration involves and engages with local communities and is firmly based on sustainability principles. integrating social. The purchasing power of the public sector. sustainable solutions which tackle the economic and employment issues in their areas. economic and environmental considerations. This will follow the core sustainability principles and be based on the following objectives: o where we move decisively and progressively to a low carbon. shareholders and customers. in a variety of ways. Local businesses can be central to community wellbeing. Much more needs to be done. skills and capacity building will be tuned to the new challenges of sustainable development.

greater training opportunities and recruitment through social clauses in our procurement policies. Wales by sustainable means. embracing social. and within. WEFO will ensure that structural fund programmes contribute to the economic.Working with our partners and the transport and tourism industry. Through our Wales Freight Strategy. particularly oil. We will use a sustainable masterplanning approach to set the path towards net zero carbon/zero waste. for example. Sustainable tourism . We wish to see sustainable development as the key lens through which business risks are identified and managed. We want businesses in Wales to be low-carbon.Through our Green Jobs Strategy we will aim to encourage businesses in Wales to adopt resource efficiency in all aspects of the production and supply of goods and services. and give weight to other issues including accessibility and biodiversity. Structural funds . social and environmental well-being of Wales. including the proportion of visitor spending that is retained locally. we want to see 24 • • • .We will encourage businesses in Wales to involve their work force actively in the preparation and delivery of “future-proofing” plans and the drive for carbon reduction and resource efficiency. Masterplanning . • Public procurement . we will inform visitors to Wales of sustainable transport options.Through mainstreaming environmental sustainability. in the Heads of the Valley and Mon a Menai. low-waste businesses so they are “future proofed” against the challenges of energy security and the scarcity of natural resources. • • How our work will contribute to reducing Wales’ ecological footprint • Green Jobs Strategy . equal opportunities and diversity across all projects. Where appropriate this will include working to certification under an appropriate Environmental Management System.We will aim for a holistic approach.Through our Sustainable Tourism Framework we will maximise the contribution of tourism to the sustainable economic prosperity of the host destination. so that more visitors able to travel to.Businesses and third sector organisations across Wales will have the opportunity to compete for public sector contracts through the adoption by the Assembly Government of a purchasing code of practice. Public procurement will contribute to key regeneration programmes. Sustainable transport . in all our work to regenerate places. economic and environmental considerations. We will encourage active links between businesses and the Welsh Universities to take to the market place cutting edge sustainable technologies in low-carbon resource-efficient design. Best practice . We will work with partners to identify possible new approaches to sustainability management systems.

and overall a more efficient and reliable use of existing infrastructure. we report on progress under this heading using: • • • Employment – percentage of people of working age in work. reduce water usage and minimise waste production. Resource efficiency – the ratio of CO2 emissions to Gross Value Added (GVA).Through Value Wales we will make use of procurement to purchase goods and services which reduce energy usage.more freight moved in and out of Wales by rail and coastal shipping. We will use the Sustainable Risk Assessment Template. 25 . and Resource use – Wales’ Domestic Material Consumption. Measuring our progress Within our current Sustainable Development Indicators. • Public procurement .

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We want to see thriving local communities in all parts of Wales. along with the ability to easily access jobs and training. The needs of different communities will differ according in particular to their location. and new homes and community facilities are sited in sustainable locations. Guidance will be developed on opportunities to improve environmental standards as part of investment to meet the Welsh Housing Quality Standard. including rural areas. 27 . agriculture will remain at the heart of rural communities. Transforming all of our housing and our transport system. KEY OUTCOMES AND ACTIONS: • We have a low carbon transport network which promotes access rather than mobility so that we can enjoy facilities with much less need for single occupancy car travel. remain key challenges. Housing will be a key lever for stimulating private investment which will contribute to the sustainable regeneration of communities. we want the incidence of fuel poverty to be greatly reduced. ACTION 8: We will work with the Regional Transport Consortia to deliver a series of Sustainable Travel Communities. services such as health and education.CHAPTER 5: LIVING COMMUNITIES Where we live is central to our quality of life and our wellbeing. embracing equality and diversity.Through our National Housing Strategy we will ensure that social housing will continue to provide high quality. in consultation with local government. a strategic monitoring framework to measure key SD outcomes delivered by the planning system. A sense of shared vision and values. free from the risk of flooding. are vital. Through the Wales Spatial Plan process we will continue to improve our understanding of the roles of settlements in Wales so that all parts of the community. All have access to better homes so that we reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. Empowering people and fostering community leadership is also critical to achieving sustainable communities. ACTION 9: We will initiate. with more opportunities for tenants to engage and participate with local authorities in the supply and quality of social housing. We will seek. underpins a sustainable community. and shopping and leisure facilities. In rural areas. through the planning system. Through our National Energy Efficiency and Savings Plan and a much greater improvement in household energy conservation. affordable homes that meet the needs of people on low incomes. Decent housing for all. to regulate the development and use of land in the public interest. • • • How our work will improve the lives of communities • Housing . have effective access to services and opportunities. so that both become sustainable. and the steps we are taking towards this are set out below.

reflected in adopted Local Development Plans (LDPs) to assist in delivering more sustainable communities. Axis 4 – Leader – will trial new approaches. In the most disadvantaged areas. with local communities sharing a greater sense of ownership and influence. and working in partnership with Regional Transport consortia. products and techniques that will contribute to the sustainable development of rural communities. 28 . and lower levels of noise and pollution from cars and freight. The aim is to enable a number of towns to become exemplars of sustainable travel. local partnerships representative of geographic and sectoral interests. mechanisms will be in place to ensure Communities First Partnerships are able to inform the work of the Local Service Boards and the Community Planning process. improved public transport and better travel planning. In particular. We want less congestion in towns. We will work with the Regional Transport Consortia to deliver a series of Sustainable Travel Communities. and school travel plans. We want less congestion in towns. Planning . The aim is to enable a number of towns to become exemplars of sustainable travel. and lower levels of noise and pollution from cars and freight. we want to see many more people. we will better plan and manage new and existing transport routes. and ensure that more of the transport network is be protected against future flood risk. having opportunities for safely walking and cycling for trips under 5 miles. and working in partnership with Regional Transport consortia. especially in the more built-up areas. • • How our work will contribute to reducing Wales’ ecological footprint • Transport . we will work to reduce traffic speeds near to schools. we will work to reduce traffic speeds near to schools.Through our Wales Transport Strategy.Through our Wales Transport Strategy. will inform the local actions that deliver sustainable development as part of the Axes 3 and 4 of the 2007-13 Rural Development Plan for Wales. and ensure that more of the transport network is be protected against future flood risk. with greatly enhanced opportunities for walking and cycling. especially in the more built-up areas.• Transport . improved public transport and better travel planning. Rural sustainability . Our plans for Sustainable Travel Towns will be a key ingredient for reducing CO2 emissions and for supporting more active lifestyles. Through our Safe Routes in Communities programme. having opportunities for safely walking and cycling for trips under 5 miles. Our plans for Sustainable Travel Towns will be a key ingredient for reducing CO2 emissions and for supporting more active lifestyles. Longer term. we will better plan and manage new and existing transport routes.Working with our partners in Local Government. Longer term. with greatly enhanced opportunities for walking and cycling. Through our Safe Routes in Communities programme. We will work with the Regional Transport Consortia to deliver a series of Sustainable Travel Communities. we want to see many more people.In rural areas. and school travel plans. there will be a strong plan-led system across Wales.

and Mobility – number of trips per person per year by main mode. we report on progress under this heading using: • • • • Housing – percentage of unfit dwellings. and distance travelled per person per year by broad trip purpose. 29 . Crime – recorded crime figures for vehicles.Measuring our progress Within our current Sustainable Development Indicators. Accessibility – percentage of households where the time taken to reach local facilities on foot or by public transport is 15 minutes or less. domestic burglary and robbery.

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One Wales aims to create a strong economy based on full employment and high-quality jobs. We want to inspire and educate people to develop their knowledge. have a right to understand the crucial issues facing the planet and to know how they can personally play a part in helping shape the future. the development of the social justice aspects of ESDGC. KEY OUTCOMES AND ACTIONS: • Every learner is actively involved in a variety of sustainable development and global citizenship initiatives. A key challenge is to equip more people with the skills needed to get into work and for them to make the most of opportunities. particularly children and young adults. 31 . and live more sustainably. we will update and review the plan to provide a renewed focus from 2010-2014. values and skills so they can participate in decisions about what affects them. where high quality lifelong learning helps people reach their goals. production of best practice. They will be able to take part in activities. and they are essential for a more prosperous and more equal Wales. We want to ensure education brings empowerment which delivers a better future for the people of Wales. and. Every educational institution is embedding sustainable development and global citizenship within its education programmes and way of working. focusing on enabling greater access for learners. ACTION 10: We will intensify our support for Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship initiatives across all learning sectors. • • • How our work will improve the lives of communities: • Young children . A key opportunity and challenge is for the education system at all levels to play a full role in this. describes how we are working to integrate approaches to skills. creates better opportunities. in particular. learning about conservation and sustainability. training and resources. empowers communities and helps provide the jobs and skills that people need. indoors and outdoors. skills and employment are the foundation of a successful life.Young children in the Foundation Phase will be given more opportunities to gain first hand experiences of their world through play and active involvement. Similarly. college or via youth work. where they will have first-hand experience of solving real-life problems. employment and business development. These may be through school. Our skills and employment strategy. They could be part of work based or community based learning. ACTION 11: We will deliver against all priority actions in the Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Action Plan by the end of 2009 and from this. the establishment of support networks within each sector.CHAPTER 6: LEARNING FOR LIFE People. Skills That Work for Wales.

colleges and other educational settings are encouraged to become involved in a range of schemes covering issues as diverse as Fair Trade. encompassing both vocational and academic sectors. with community focussed schools – linking all schools and educational establishments with their local communities – being a focal point for community-based learning and activities.We have introduced the requirement that BREEAM ‘Excellent’ or equivalent should be achieved as a condition of grant for all brand new school buildings and stand-alone extensions supported by the School Buildings Improvement Grant. healthy schools. global schools partnerships.• Schools . Work-based learning . • 32 . intensive basic skills courses in eight key sectors by 2010 and the full range of sectors represented by the Sector Skills Council by 2012.There will be a wider range of learning experiences to encourage young people to continue in education or training beyond 16 through the Learning Pathways 14-19 whilst our adult community learning policy will include support for the development of skills for individuals and communities to take a more active role in society. with an improved job matching service enabling people from disadvantaged groups to access employment within a reasonable travel to work area.We will look to understand and examine the potential for applying the principles of ‘zero carbon building’ developments into school capital investment. forest schools and fair trade schools will be developed. to measure and monitor their progress in addressing the ESDGC agenda.A tool-kit will be developed for providers that are funded by the Assembly Government to deliver work-based learning. We will continue to promote the BREEAM environmental assessment framework method to Local Education Authorities. Young people .Skills training will be aligned with the sustainable development agenda. Eco Schools. Zero carbon buildings .The revised school curriculum for Wales places sustainable development and global citizenship as a cross curricular theme and all schools. Through this. there will be more opportunities for adults to build a basic platform of skills including the development of short. Skills and training . Green Dragon or ISO140001. international partnerships and equality and human rights. • • • How our work will contribute to reducing Wales’ ecological footprint • BREEAM . We want all educational establishments to work towards obtaining environmental management systems for their own business premises such as EcoSchools or Eco Campus. More people will therefore be able to gain the training and support they need to move from benefits into work with additional support being provided to support benefit claimants who want to find a stable job.

and Education – percentage of adults of working age with at least a National Qualification Framework level 4 qualification. 33 . we report on progress under this heading using: • • Education .Measuring our progress Within our current Sustainable Development Indicators.percentage of people aged 19-21 with at least a National Qualification Framework level 2 qualification.

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to make the fullest use of their talent. Through this long-term programme. This approach. healthier and more sustainable country.CHAPTER 7: A FAIR AND JUST SOCIETY The pursuit of equality of opportunity is a continuing challenge to achieve a sustainable Wales . child poverty and promoting income maximisation. The challenges of sustainable development mean that we need to engage with.The promotion of equality. will be reconfigured to ensure it will be more focussed on sustainable outcomes for local people and communities whilst tackling economic inactivity. both as a national and global citizen. ACTION 12: Our flagship programme. fully reflecting the potential of all individuals. Our actions below are aimed at making decisive progress across this agenda. Public services will be fit for purpose for all the people of Wales. and tackle the causes of problematic behaviour. and active citizenship is encouraged. every Communities First area 35 • . and fully reflecting the needs of different groups. We need to regenerate our communities. Our commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child ensures that children and young people are regarded as citizens too. where people living in Wales are confident in all aspects of their diversity. shape their communities and achieve their full potential. Communities First now covers over 160 areas and some 20% of the population of Wales. • How our work will improve the lives of communities • Single Equality Scheme . and empower. respects each other.Living conditions and prospects for people will be improved in our most disadvantaged communities across Wales through Communities First. KEY OUTCOMES AND ACTIONS: • A fair and just Wales. In particular. race. and the six equality themes of age.where every individual has equal rights. taking full account of equality. with everyone meeting their personal and community responsibilities. where equality for all is a core value to all our work. Communities First . and plays a role in which they can fulfil their potential within an inclusive society. knowledge and enthusiasm. disability. more prosperous. gender. in which citizens of all ages are empowered to determine their own lives. ensuring we protect the vulnerable. diversity and human rights will continue to be central to the way we work. local people themselves will be actively involved and decide what is needed and will be helped to make it happen. But there is much to be done. child poverty is eradicated and more broadly a real translation of wealth and power in our poorest communities has been achieved. and reflecting too the commitment of employees to a fair and just society and to community wellbeing. all groups within society. will result in a fairer. sexual orientation and religion are actively promoted. Through our Single Equality Scheme we will identify and tackle the barriers that people may encounter in their everyday lives. Communities First.

We want all groups in society to understand. we will help people feel safer in their communities. This will engage all parts Welsh society to actively contribute to the United Nation Millennium Development goals to halve global poverty by 2015. working across a number of diverse areas. health and well-being. • • • • How our work will contribute to reducing Wales’ ecological footprint • Engagement . They are key players in community regeneration and public service delivery. Key services will be organised and delivered with the interests of the people and communities they are serving at the heart of all they are doing. environmental protection and tackling of disease.has a local partnership which brings together the local community with representatives of the statutory. and facilities and services to enable this will be designed and delivered with the needs of all users in mind. Many more people will be engaged in formal and informal volunteering. Through our child poverty strategy. which causes so much human suffering across the world. low waste society. we will continue to play a full and active role in reaching our commitment to halve child poverty by 2010 and eradicate it by 2020. reduce crime and the fear of crime. The Social Enterprise Action Plan 2008 supports social enterprise development throughout Wales A successful and sustainable Welsh credit union movement across Wales will be established to provide core financial services and education about managing finances to community based organisations.We recognise the important role post offices have in our communities – especially in our most deprived or isolated communities. third and private sectors. Community organisations . the move to a low carbon.Social enterprises can be found throughout Wales. Post Office Development Fund . • Child Poverty Strategy . Home Office. communities will be more integrated and all sectors of the community are treated with respect and tolerance and do not fear for their personal safety. UN Millennium Development goals . The Post Office Development Fund aims to provide grants to enable sub-post offices to diversify their businesses and offer new services to the communities they serve. Community Safety Partnerships and others.We want children and young people to be free from the fear of poverty and abuse. 36 . We will also be establishing a Community Asset Transfer Fund to help sustain community organisations The role and contribution of the voluntary sector will also be enhanced. Community Cohesion Strategy Through our Community Cohesion Strategy. and be fully engaged with.More people will have opportunities to be involved in work to address global poverty. are treated with respect and have access to services which will help promote their development. By working with the police.

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Through our National Energy Efficiency and Savings Plan we want the energy efficiency and conservation performance of the existing housing stock. woodland. ACTION 13: We will have a National Energy Efficiency and Savings Plan that will better target our energy efficiency investments at the fuel poor. and provides a very deep contribution to our own sense of place and our identity. reducing our use of materials and waste. increasing our recycling and composting rates. more energy efficient and are producing more of our energy at a community level. and management for water quantity and quality. and ensuring that all households have affordable warmth. low waste living as part of a One Planet nation. • • • How our work will improve the lives of communities • Energy efficiency . through our Climate Change Community Packs and our communications campaigns on climate change and waste. landscape. Key challenges remain in dramatically reducing our use of carbon-based energy. it is a source of enjoyment and inspiration. including social housing. whilst promoting improvements for all households. underpins our culture. People will have more information and support to reduce their resource use and household energy bills. to be far higher. water. KEY OUTCOMES AND ACTION: • We are self-sustaining in renewable energy. 39 .CHAPTER 8: A SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT The natural environment is the ultimate source of the primary resources we use to develop our economy. soil and habitats and recreation. freshwater and marine environment is best managed to provide the services of food. heritage and access. Our land. and in better managing our land and seas so they can sustain a wide variety of ecosystem services. Wales’ ecological footprint is an indicator of the stresses and strains we are putting on the natural environment through our overuse in Wales of the earth’s resources. For all these reasons. the overall health of the natural environment is key to our physical and mental wellbeing. close to where it is used. ACTION 14: Following a review of Axis II of the Rural Development Plan for Wales we will set in place a structure of support for environmentally sustainable land management. and every community enjoys better local environments which contribute to health and wellbeing. The variety of life of earth has its own intrinsic value and worth. including support for land-based carbon management through best practice management of soils. and local people are involved to promote low carbon. Climate change is the most obvious demonstration that our current pattern of development is unsustainable. biodiversity. wood. We aspire to all new homes being zero carbon from 2011. helping to eradicate fuel poverty.

People and communities will have more. We want more wildlife areas and conservation areas to protect our rarest and most precious species for people to appreciate and enjoy.There will be much greater emphasis on flood risk management. Biodiversity . Access to the environment . such as through the creation of the All-Wales coastal path with specific provision for different types of user. better water quality and increasingly robust water resource management. We will support strategic work on Regional Waste Plans to ensure acceptable locations for the new waste facilities required to secure the diversion of waste from landfill. alongside better awareness of and protection from flood risk through the expansion of floodline and flood defence schemes and more information and guidance will be given to householders in relation to floodproofing their properties. secure from the risk of flooding. people and communities will have more opportunity to take action to help biodiversity.Through our Environment Strategy and its Action Plans there will be increased work in partnership with all sectors to achieve a better environment whilst using fewer resources.The forthcoming Strategic Policy Position Statement on Water will ensure a clean affordable drinking water to the people of Wales.such as “Mertonplus type policies”. re-use and recycle. more people will have 40 • • • • • • .• Waste . commercial sectors will see more support for reduce. There will be more access to green space particularly in less well-off communities.Through the introduction of local authority schemes that are both easy to use and involve frequent collections. Through our new waste strategy. There will be plans in place to manage the impacts of climate change on this vital resource. We will embed climate change policies within Planning Policy Wales . and water will be used much more efficiently. Flood risk . In housing this will be reflected through our National Housing Strategy. clean and safe through the Tidy Towns initiative. Planning . we will regulate to deliver more sustainable buildings. and through the Water Recreation that all new buildings will incorporate sustainability measures reflecting the best European practice. and the use of green volunteers will raise understanding and engagement on wider environmental issues. Through a revised Woodlands for Wales Strategy. and alongside work of other partners such as local authorities. There will be greater awareness of the impact of litter and waste on community safety and wellbeing. Water . Local environment . using the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM standard. and nearer. supplemented by revisions to TAN 12 ‘Design’ . Biodiversity will be built in to everything that we do. as a move towards a zero waste society. we aim for 70% of household waste to be recycled by 2025.Through the planning system. access to green spaces in rural and urban areas.People will be engaged and involved in making their communities tidy.

It recognises the crucial role of rural land managers in helping to deliver carbon and water management.the opportunity to have more involvement with their local Forestry Commission Wales woodland to pursue social and economic objectives that benefit themselves and the wider community. soil conservation and 41 • • • • . marine renewable energy and biomass energy become more common. productive and biologically diverse. This strategic approach will benefit all who use the sea to maximise sustainable benefits including potential marine renewable energy sources. The Marine Bill will give us the opportunity of better regulation. We aspire to ensure that all new buildings constructed in Wales from 2011 should be zero carbon. and the use of household-level micro-generation. Our aim is to produce more electricity from renewables than we consume as a nation within 20 years. better protection for marine life.Through our approach under Wales’ Rural Development Plan 2007-13. protect important conservation areas and update our fisheries management and licensing systems. The planning system. will facilitate the uptake of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures and avoid siting new developments in areas of known flood risk. providing food and fibre at the same time as providing a wider range of ecosystem services. safe. We wish to achieve a more profitable future for farming and its associated food processing industry which will sustain farming families while safeguarding the environment. mitigating climate change and maintaining the vitality and prosperity of our rural communities.We will achieve an annual 3% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in areas of devolved competence from 2011. The strategy will emphasise the important progress and continuing work to date to develop and manage fisheries in a sustainable way as a part of healthy and productive ecosystems. Marine management . Fisheries management . Land management . Our aim is to generate annually more than 30TWh of electricity from renewable sources by 2025 and 3 TWh of heat. estuaries and coast. How our work will contribute to reducing Wales’ ecological footprint • Climate change .The Wales Fisheries Strategy will continue to support the development of viable and sustainable fisheries in Wales.for them to be clean. while protecting precious resources. which fully recognises the implications of climate change. mainly from biomass. land will be managed in an integrated way. integrated planning and management of the sea. We need a range of tools to manage our seas sensitively and the Marine Bill adds to our tool kit. healthy. Renewable energy .Through our Renewable Energy Routemap and Microgeneration Action Plan we aspire to see Community-scale renewable energy installations. which includes giving us the ability to plan more strategically.The Welsh Assembly Government shares in the UK vision for all our seas .

Waste – waste arisings by sector. Ecological impacts of air pollution – areas of sensitive habitats exceeding critical loads for acidification and eutrophication. we report on progress under this heading using: • • • • • • • • • • Biodiversity conservation – population of wild birds. Household waste – household waste. Resource use on farms will be reduced. Air quality – days when air pollution is moderate or higher. Soil quality – soil organic carbon. and by disposal. Sustainable water resource management – percentage of resource zones reporting target headroom deficits. Greenhouse gas emissions – emissions of greenhouse gases. and there will be improved management of farm level waste. and Electricity from renewable resources – percentage of electricity produced in Wales generated from renewable resources. Measuring our progress Within our current Sustainable Development Indicators.biodiversity. 42 . River quality – percentage of river lengths of good quality. and amount recycled or composted per person per year.

identity and belonging. and delivers a high quality experience to visitors. Our historic landscapes and buildings are vital to our sense of place. improve their wellbeing. is a crucial element of a sustainable Wales. and delivering strong community partnerships with sub-Saharan Africa.CHAPTER 9: A RICH AND DIVERSE CULTURE A rich and diverse culture. We are also keen to ensure Wales continues to be a leading sustainable tourism destination that promotes local sustainable economic prosperity. in particular. Using heritage and culture as a force for sustainable regeneration has the capacity to engage local communities. We aim to place a statutory duty on local authorities to promote culture and encourage partnership to deliver high-quality cultural experiences for their communities. Wales is a founder member of the network of regional governments for Sustainable Development nrg4SD. We will continue to work with United Nations agencies and. and expand the funding and support for Welsh-medium magazines and newspapers. Improved global impact by ensuring that Wales is an international exemplar of sustainable development. values and traditions are celebrated. ACTION 16: We will ensure that every community in Wales is encouraged to join the Gold Star Community scheme to link with a community in subSaharan Africa. distinctiveness and promoting the Welsh language. supporting and sustaining our traditions. and will support them in helping to deliver the UN Millennium Development Goals to halve global poverty by 2015 whilst building community cohesion at home.We want more people to be able to learn Welsh and to encourage it to thrive as a language of many communities all over Wales. We will seek enhanced legislative competence on the Welsh language. enhances the natural environment and culture. supports community wellbeing and engagement. regions in Africa which have been amongst the first to suffer the effects of climate change. ACTION 15: We will secure the conservation of a range of iconic Welsh cultural and heritage sites using sustainable techniques and traditional skills as well as achieving improved public access. and enhance the natural and built environment as a resource available to all. languages and heritage. caring for our heritage and fostering local distinctiveness and a sense of place. leading the world in promoting Fair Trade. The leadership that Wales can offer is recognised internationally. KEY OUTCOMES AND ACTIONS: • Wales’ rich culture. Wales’ approach to sustainable development is based on the contribution of its people and rooted in its culture. particularly through encouraging diversity. • • • How our work will improve the lives of communities • Welsh language . 43 .

irrespective of where they live. we will widen access to Wales’ many heritage and cultural activities so that they are available to all people. Sustainable tourism . Sustainable tourism businesses .We will explore the opportunities for off-setting our carbon use and helping contribute to the development of renewable technologies and energy production in sub-Saharan Africa. through engaging and empowering local communities in planning and decision-making.We will promote master planning skills. Carbon offsetting .Through our Sustainable Tourism Framework we will mainstream sustainability within the Visit Wales Grading Scheme. to sustain a well protected historic environment. water and land and the generation of waste. We will work with diaspora communities in Wales to increase their positive impact on their homelands. and minimise pollution of air. This will include the introduction of free entry to Assembly Government funded heritage sites for Welsh pensioners and children. • • • How our work will contribute to reducing Wales’ ecological footprint • Maintaining a sense of place . as a key opportunity for stakeholders to share best practice in sustainable tourism and advise Visit Wales on key sustainability issues. • • 44 . Wales for Africa . building on our achievement of becoming the world’s first Fair Trade Nation. We wish to see a smaller number of listed buildings ‘at risk’. We will continue to support the Sustainable Tourism Forum.Through our Sustainable Tourism Framework we will ensure that tourism maintains and strengthens the quality of life in local communities. and this will help tourism enterprises and visitors to minimise the use of scarce and non-renewable resources. their background or their income.Through our innovative Wales for Africa programme there will be more opportunities for communities in Wales to link with communities in sub-Saharan Africa and work on mutual development. so that regeneration plans are based on an understanding of all the environmental components of the area. We will continue to provide financial support and advice to the owners of historic assets.We want more individuals and organisations to understand the benefits of buying Fair Trade. through the Gold Star Communities project. We will continue to provide opportunities for skilled professionals and managers from the public sector and public service organisations in Wales to undertake work placements in sub-Saharan Africa. with more historic buildings and ancient monuments in stable or improving condition.Through our arts and culture programme.• Access to heritage and culture . Fair Trade . enabling us maintain our cultural distinctiveness and sense of place.

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They are available on our web site at: http://new. Social justice – percentage of the population in low-income ors/?lang=en Under the previous sustainable development scheme it was proposed that progress be reported using 5 headline indicators of sustainable development.ANNEX A: MEASURING PROGRESS Delivery Plan We have published a Delivery Plan showing what progress we have made on meeting our One Wales commitments and describing the further action we will be taking. This consultation has listed the current indicators we use to measure our progress towards sustainable The headline indicators. taking account of environmental factors. and well-being”. resources.Gross Value Added (GVA) and GVA per head. At the moment we currently report only on four headline indicators. when considered collectively. are intended to give a high level view of progress towards sustainable development. so we propose to replace this with a headline indicator: 47 . using our Sustainable Development Indicators. SD Annual Report Once this scheme has been produced we will keep it under review. This Plan is updated quarterly. and Ecological Footprint . and we set out proposals for developing the fifth headline indicator below. Biodiversity conservation – percentage of Biodiversity Action Plan species and habitats recorded as stable or increasing. We will also report against its effectiveness in promoting sustainable development after each election to the National Assembly. The fifth headline indicator was originally proposed to be “genuine economic progress.Wales Ecological Footprint. It has proved impossible to develop such an all-encompassing indicator. This report will be laid before the Assembly. We include some independent commentary from the Sustainable Development Commission on how our Scheme has been The current headline indicators of sustainable development are: • • • • Economic output . SD Indicators We will continue to report our progress towards sustainable development annually. and publish a report each year on how its proposals have been implemented.

ACTION 17: We will develop a measure of wellbeing in Wales. financial and personal security. It is enhanced by conditions that include supportive personal relationships. and a healthy and attractive environment. social and mental state. and report it as a 5th headline indicator of sustainable development. It requires that basic needs are met. it is not just the absence of pain.• Wellbeing – the wellbeing of the people of Wales. 8 DEFRA (2008) Sustainable Development Indicators in Your Pocket 48 . strong and inclusive communities. that they feel able to achieve important personal goals and participate in society. Performance indicators To reflect the key role of local authorities in delivering the sustainable development agenda. This would reflect the use of wellbeing within the suite of indicators included in the UK Framework on Sustainable Development. We intend that the development of an overall wellbeing indicator would be one of the key actions that fall under this Scheme. good health. discomfort and incapacity. rewarding employment. Wellbeing is defined8 as a positive physical. that individuals have a sense of purpose. and would also serve to tie in the overall purpose of sustainable development to the wellbeing of the people of Wales. we will ensure that those indicators within the performance measurement framework for local authorities that clearly contribute to Wales’ sustainability are clearly identified within the framework.

particularly through the delivery of public services. Reduce waste. In particular. building social networks and cohesion. Third sector The Third sector continues to be a key partner in promoting and delivering sustainable outcomes. highlighting examples of good practice and identifying further areas of work. the third sector's special ability to work at local and community level means that it is also well positioned to promoting sustainable forms of development. it is often at this very local. with their accessibility and responsiveness to individual and group needs being a key strength. 49 . In particular. the active use and mainstreaming of the WLGA’s SD Framework for Local Government will continue to assist authorities on their journey to sustainability by interpreting what SD mean in practice for key service areas. The work of such organisations involves a wide range of activities which aim to improve and protect our natural and built environment and improve communities. • Local Government We will continue to work with local government and National Park Authorities to promote sustainable development. Community organisations can help to build people’s confidence. using their powerful channels to reach out to people an encouraging them to act. improving productivity and competitiveness.… Monitor performance and resource use and report publicly on them. they can: • • • • • Develop resource efficiency within the organisation and through supply chains. neighborhood and family level that third sector organisations can make the greatest difference. In particular. Businesses Businesses have crucial role in contributing to a sustainable Wales.ANNEX B: THE ROLE OF OTHERS We are committed to working in partnership with others to deliver real change and will actively encourage others to do the same. Engage with the workforce in both adopting sustainable practices and encouraging employees to become sustainable champions in their own communities. At the community level. especially among those less likely to participate. Develop environmental and sustainability policies and targets. and can increase civic participation whether into more formal institutions or in the wider community. and as a key method of communication to its members to encourage behavioural change. and Engage with and support local communities.

http://new. Individuals and Households Through our climate change communications campaign we are encouraging people and households to take practical steps to reduce the size of their carbon footprint. The SD Advice Note emphasises sustainable development as the overarching policy framework which integrates social. entitled Improving Your Home: A Climate Change Guide. providing a long-term strategic vision. at work. We have also produced a booklet for householders considering improvements to their homes. Climate Change and the 50 . We have published “Tips to reduce your carbon footprint” showing the steps you can take at WAG has issued statutory Strategy Partnerships The community strategy is the overarching strategy for each local authority area. communities and their leaders. discussed and negotiated with local citizens. on developing and delivering community strategies. including those on Sustainable Development. Accompanying “Local Vision” are a series of non-statutory Advice Notes. This emphasises the statutory purpose of Community Strategies – to promote economic. social and environmental wellbeing. based on a set of shared ambitions and values. when travelling or shopping. and to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in the UK. "Local Vision". available from local planning authorities. economic and environmental actions to achieve a common vision for the area. It advises that community strategy actions should be “joined up” in a way which actively help and encourage people to change their behaviour so that their lifestyles become more sustainable. Sustainable Development Commission’s Sustainable Development in Government report 51 sustainable/?lang=en Health Challenge Wales Wales Spatial Plan update lang=en One Wales Programme for Government EU SD Strategy 2006 C: KEY SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS Assembly’s code of practice in dealing with requests for access to information ( lang=en BREEAM for Healthcare rating of Excellence Wales’ Ecological Footprint Advice note on Sustainable Development for Community Strategies One Future – different paths http://www.cfm?orgId=719&pid=24092 Quality of Food Strategy lang=en ASSIST initiative Green Dragon Standard http://www.php?id=700 Communities First

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