Our current failures

We need a new vision because our current system isn’t working for wildlife.

Dormouse: still in decline

Dormouse: still in decline

Within WTSWW and in all other Wildlife Trusts we work with local communities and aim to inspire people about the natural world.

We work with community groups, local authorities, landowners of all kinds and local developers and consultants and find a great deal of support for our Living Landscapes vision. WTSWW has over 4,000 members in south west Wales who support what we do.

We find ourselves working amidst an array of policies and mechanisms that determine how land is used and managed. Few of these were designed with nature in mind and virtually none allow for its restoration.

The existing policy framework is fragmented and decisions are taken by a range of different bodies in isolation from each other. Faced with this vast complexity there is a risk that society slips into a mire of bureaucracy and that its vision is obscured.

Water voles have declined dramatically since 1995 (photo Philip Precey)

Water voles have declined dramatically since 1995 (photo Philip Precey)

The time has come for the Government to help society achieve its ambitions for nature.

We now look to the Government to show leadership, remove obstacles, take bold steps and make brave decisions to help society create A Living Landscape. From our position in the local community we believe this will require a fresh look at legislation, policies and funding mechanisms. The Welsh Wildlife Trusts are working within the Welsh Government’s ‘Living Wales’ programme to see how their proposed changes to Welsh legislation and policy could help us deliver Living Landscapes in Wales.

We believe it is possible to achieve A Living Landscape across the UK in 30 years – a single generation – but only if opportunities are seized now.

We are at a pivotal moment. We have an opportunity to lead society towards a new era in which nature plays a central role. We also have the opportunity to lead the world in restoring our natural environment.

In fact, there has never been a better time to take a step back and consider nature’s future.