Wales Biodiversity Partnership

Nature Recovery Action Plan

The Nature Recovery Action Plan sets out how Wales will address the Convention on Biological Diversity's Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and the associated Aichi biodiversity targets in Wales. The Nature Recovery Action Plan will identify actions that can be delivered in the short term and set a course to deliver longer term commitments beyond 2020. The actions in the Plan will be kept under regular review, ensuring they continue to meet objectives and achieve the ambition of nature recovery in Wales. A set of indicators will also be developed to measure the progress of the Nature Recovery Action Plan against objectives. To accompany the plan, a Nature Recovery Framework will set out the roles and responsibilities of the key players for delivery of action for biodiversity in Wales, and how they are linked together.

The Nature Recovery Action Plan links to and complements The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Environment Act (Wales) 2016.

The Nature Recovery Action Plan consists of three parts:

Part 1: Sets out the position with regard to biodiversity in Wales, the issues that need to addressed, and guiding policies.

Part 2: Sets out actions which have been specifically identified to support biodiversity, over and above but contributing to the delivery of the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Wales.

Part 3: The Nature Recovery Framework is under development and will show the roles and responsibilities of the key players for delivery of action for biodiversity in Wales, as well as how they will fit into the delivery framework for the Well-being of Future Generations Act and the Environment (Wales) Act.

A number of objectives have been identified to address the issues that are driving the decline in biodiversity, and to support recovery:
  • Engage and support participation and understanding to embed biodiversity throughout decision making at all levels;
  • Safeguard species and habitats of principal importance and improve their management. Including the requirement on Welsh Ministers to prepare and publish a list of the living organisms and types of habitat which are of principal importance for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing biodiversity in Wales;
  • Increase the resilience of our natural environment by restoring degraded habitats and habitat creation;
  • Tackle key pressures on species and habitats;
  • Improve our evidence, understanding and monitoring; and,
  • Put in place a framework of governance and support for delivery

The Nature Recovery Action Plan was launched in December 2015. If you would like a copy of Part 1 and 2 please email

Terrestrial Mammals

Ysgol Bro Famau


Nature Recovery Action Plan Implementation Group

A Nature Recovery Action Plan (NRAP) Implementation Group has been established to steer and drive the delivery and implementation of the NRAP at a local and national level. The group met for the first time on the 3rd August 2017. The focus of the first meeting was to confirm the role of the group and set its initial priorities. The group has a wide membership from Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales, NGO’s and other public and private sector organisations.

Task and finish expert groups will be commissioned by the NRAP Implementation group to take forward specific tasks. The immediate task and finish expert groups were agreed and will be focused on:

  • Future land use
  • Reviewing and updating Part II of the NRAP
  • Section 7 list criteria (an existing group)
  • Section 6 guidance
  • Evidence Gaps project
  • Restoration and resilience
  • Planning and biodiversity
  • WBP conference
  • Invasive Non-native Species (this is an existing group with an ongoing need due to specific INNS strategies and drivers and as such will remain as a working group)
The Implementation group will take feedback from these groups and provide recommendations to Welsh Government Ministers and NRW, especially regarding Area Statements, Section 7 of the Environment (Wales) Act and the CBD target of halting the loss of biodiversity by 2020.

Focus in the coming months will be on the establishment of the task and finish expert groups.