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WAG failing to halt biodiversity decline in Wales - Mick Bates AM

October 19, 2009 4:52 PM

Shadow Minister for the Environment and Sustainability, Mick Bates AM,has called on the Welsh Government to state how much money will beinvested to halt the decline in biodiversity across Wales.

The UK Government has a target to halt biodiversity loss throughoutBritain by 2010. In 2008 evidence from Welsh Environment Minister JaneDavidson to the Environmental Audit Committee stated that "the target tohalt biodiversity loss is most unlikely to be achieved by 2010." Defrain their memorandum to the Committee stated that the target was "neverrealistically achievable in all areas and aspects."

Commenting, Welsh Liberal Democrat Mick Bates stated:

"In failing to meet the 2010 target to halt the loss of biodiversity theWelsh Government is failing to safeguard the environment that we dependon and failing in its duty to promote sustainable development.

"Halting and subsequently reversing the loss of our biodiversity isextremely important and not just for the environment. At a time whenpublic service funding is being cut, we should not overlook theimportance of investing to protect our wildlife, not just as a worthycause in itself, but also as a means for improving and encouragingwellbeing, tourism and investment.

"It is vital that the Welsh Government allocates sufficient funding toaddress the serious issue of the decline in biodiversity and recognisesthe positive impact that reversing this trend will have on our wildlifeand countryside as well as many other aspects of our daily life."