Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, has met with WWF Cymru to discuss the pressing issues that are facing the environment in the light of the decision to leave the EU.
Rebecca Evans said:
“Wales has benefited hugely from our membership of the European Union – not least through the raft of environmental legislation that has helped protect and enhance habitats and biodiversity across Gower, and access to European research which has helped inform our approach to sustainable development.
“In addition to this our farmers have benefited from access to millions of pounds in agri-environmental funding which has paid farmers to help them support the environment, and ensure that the land is fit to hand on to the next generation.
“European Directives on water quality have helped Gower’s coastline become internationally acclaimed.”
Rebecca Evans AM and WWF explored what action the Assembly and Welsh Government must take in order to ensure that the environment is well protected in the future in the absence of EU support. The Welsh Government’s ground-breaking Environment Act and Wellbeing of Future Generations Act will be critical in protecting the environment and addressing climate change in the future.
Mrs Evans added:
"Amidst all the uncertainty about the future, one thing we can count on is that I will continue to push for the Brexiteers to keep their promise of ensuring that Wales does not lose out financially as a result of the decision to leave the EU. I will also press for the upcoming negotiations to get the best deal for our environment so that we can continue building a sustainable Wales.”