Our roles and responsibilities

We are Natural Resources Wales. We are the largest Welsh Government Sponsored Body, focussed on tackling the climate, nature and pollution emergencies.

The work that we do to protect and enhance Wales’ environment impacts everything that matters most – our communities, our wildlife and our future.

Our mission

Focussing our passion and collective action towards:

through the sustainable management of natural resources.

Our work

We currently:

Find out more in our performance report 2022-23.

Our purpose

Our core purpose is to pursue the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (SMNR) as set out in the Environment (Wales) Act 2016.  


  • are a Category One emergency responder under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, working with partners to keep people and wildlife safe from environmental incidents 24/7.
  • are an advisor, consultee and regulator, working with industry to help them comply with regulations.
  • are Wales’ largest land manager, supporting the timber, renewable energy and recreation sectors.

Welsh Government priorities 

The Welsh Government sets out what it wants us to achieve in the Natural Resources Wales: term of government remit letter 2022 to 2026.

The Welsh Government framework document for Natural Resources Wales is available on request

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