Resilient Greater Gwent
The Resilient Greater Gwent project is being funded by Welsh Governments Enabling of Natural Resources and Well-being Grant. The programme runs until summer 2022, and demonstrates a landscape wide approach and connectivity across South East Wales; to create and enhance resilient ecological networks, providing sustainably managed natural resources and principles for communities to value their landscapes and wildlife.
The overall project is based around several work streams:
- The Resilient Ecological Network work stream will create an evidence based strategic plan to direct nature recovery action in Greater Gwent that will support biodiversity and resilient ecological networks.
- Colliery Spoil Invertebrates which is being led by Buglife Cymru This project will increase our knowledge of the distribution and diversity of invertebrates found on colliery spoil sites within Gwent through survey work and awareness raising events.
Invasive Non Native Species (INNS) is being led by Caerphilly CBC. This project aims to combat invasive non native plant species over the whole of South East Wales allowing for a strategic approach to be adopted and to build upon the successful controls already being implemented when addressing INNS in the region. The project will target catchments throughout the region and be directed through a collaborative steering group that is made up of representatives of all the key partner organisations.
- Rivers Project is being led by Blaenau Gwent CBC and aims to deliver a joined up landscape scale approach to improving our blue networks.
- SINCs (Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation) and LWS (Local Wildlife Sites) is led by Gwent Wildlife Trust. The aim is for a fully functioning Greater Gwent Local Wildlife Site System based on the lessons learnt developing the Monmouthshire Local Wildlife Site System.
- Greater Gwent State of Nature: The vision is for a Gwent that has thriving ecosystems, resilient to the impacts of climate change such as severe weather events and adaptable to changing conditions; supporting robust populations of Wales’ diverse wildlife and plant life. Ecosystems are providing services used sustainably and valued by communities in the region.
- The Sustainable Communities work stream is led by Monmouthshire CC Behaviour Change for Wellbeing Officer. It will take a community and place based approach, engaging with communities and seeking to add value. People will be increasingly connected with and appreciate nature and sustainable lifestyles. This will support their physical and mental wellbeing.
- The Urban Biodiversity work stream is led by Blaenau Gwent CBCs Biodiversity Officer. Similar to the sustainable communities, it will also engage with communities, but in particular, working with schools, private and housing associations residents. People will be encouraged, informed and supported to take steps to notice and help the biodiversity on their doorstep enabling them to make informed choices to protect wildlife in their gardens and community spaces.
Resilient Greater Gwent Partnership
The Partnership is made up of several organisations and include:
- Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
- Caerphilly County Borough Council
- Gwent Wildlife Trust
- Monmouthshire County Council
- Newport City Council
- Natural Resources Wales
- Torfaen County Borough Council
- Technical Ecology
The aim of the Partnership is to successfully promote increasing awareness and knowledge of enhancing resilient ecological networks; demonstrating a continued sustainability of natural resources. The Project is to support cross-sector collaboration to bring a broad range of environmental, economic, social and cultural benefits. Envisaging a South East Wales that has a rich and growing biodiversity resource valued by local people who engage with it for their health and well-being. Actions are being taken against the five drivers of biodiversity loss; climate change, pollution, habitat change and loss, invasive non-native species and exploitation.
For more information about the Resilient Greater Gwent project please contact Nadine.morgan@Blaenau-gwent.gov.uk