This redesign is to help us do more for the environment we care about and focus on local joined-up delivery, on the needs of the environment and communities that live there. It will also help us be a resilient and sustainable organisation given the funding issues that affect public services across Wales.
The most important thing about Natural Resources Wales is the work we do and the people that do it. We know that there are important areas that we need to improve, but that should never get in the way of us taking pride in telling people about the difference that our staff make.
The report on which the story is based contains feedback from staff on the original proposal which was then used to shape the final design. We listened and believe that the feedback from our staff, given in good faith, helped us create a much stronger structure. The responses show their passion for the natural environment in Wales, their knowledge and expertise and their desire for Natural Resources Wales to be the best that it can be.
Rather than centralising services, we are putting local environment and local delivery at the heart of Natural Resources Wales. We have put resources into more integrated teams to deliver on the aspirations of the Environment (Wales) Act – a better, more sustainable environment able to deliver for Wales.
In some areas where our staff believed that this approach wouldn’t work, like flood risk, we changed the design as a direct result of this consultation feedback (which you can read more about in our Case for Change response). In others, we believe that bringing the skills and expertise from different backgrounds to work together is the best way of achieving our aims for the environment and people we are proud to serve.
14 December 2018