Welsh Government's marine role failure
THE Welsh Government has failed to deliver on marine responsibilities which it had asked the UK Government to devolve, a committee of AMs has said.
The Environment and Sustainability Committee said that, four years on from the Marine and Coastal Access Act, the marine environment had not been sufficiently prioritised.
AMs said they found this particularly worrying as the marine and coastal environment contributes £2.5 billion per year to the Welsh economy.
They said the Welsh Government's relationship with coastal and maritime groups had, as a result, been damaged. Two of the most significant Welsh Government consultations on environment policy made no reference to the marine environment.
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"We hope that the Welsh Government takes this report as a wake-up call," said committee chairman Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM. "It has been far too slow in implementing the Marine and Coastal Access Act and the management of marine policy has not been good enough, as highlighted by the significant public concern that was evident across Wales during the recent marine conservation zones consultation."
"When the Welsh Government requests devolved responsibilities it must take these responsibilities seriously," he added. "Regrettably, we have found it has failed to afford these responsibilities sufficient priority."