Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council (NPTCBC) has a legal duty to maintain and enhance biodiversity, and in so doing, promote the resilience of ecosystems under the Environment (Wales) Act 2016. This plan demonstrates how we will fulfil that duty and will act as a driver for conservation activities throughout Neath Port Talbot (NPT).
There is a long tradition of environmental conservation in NPT with many groups involved. Whilst the Authority will still work with these groups, including facilitating the NPT Nature Partnership, this plan sets out what we, as an Authority, will be doing to meet this legal duty.
Over the last few years, the Welsh Government has introduced a number of new legislative requirements for public bodies and local authorities to comply with, which will change the way we plan and deliver services, putting sustainable development principles at the heart of all public bodies’ decision making. The NPTCBC Corporate Plan 2017-2022 recognises this requirement for change and the preparatory work needed to ensure we discharge our statutory duties. The Biodiversity Duty Plan not only delivers our statutory duties with regards to biodiversity but also explains how, through meeting the Biodiversity Duty, we are delivering well-being objectives and the ways of working under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
The plan can be revised at any time but must be formally reported on by the end of 2019 and every 3 years thereafter.