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e-Petition: The Climate Emergency and a National Forest for Wales

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We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to urgently increase tree cover to help address this climate emergency & the well documented collapse of nature.

The Welsh Government's 'State of Natural Resources Report' said no ecosystems in Wales are resilient.

We need more trees in urban & rural areas to address high levels of air pollution, lessen heatwaves & floods, increase wildlife & create a carbon store above & below ground.

Rivers, hedgerows & verges can provide quality habitat connectivity, these criss-cross Wales from mountains to coast.  Many have biodiversity rich ancient woods, meadows & marshes alongside them, but their range & quality has massively declined in the last 50 years.

Our rivers are healthiest when bordered by wide strips of lightly grazed broadleaf woodland river banks. Trees provide some dappled shade keeping rivers cool & protecting them from pollutants, reducing unsustainable soil loss, whilst helping to keep farmers on the land.

To help nature recover we need to recreate more wildlife friendly landscapes by creating more & healthier interconnecting habitats.

Placed & funded correctly, a new national forest can deliver many solutions for all future generations, a more 'resilient Wales'.

We call for a comprehensive strategy to deliver:

  • an increase of 5000 hectares per year in tree cover in urban areas, on farms, & in the uplands
  • tree cover that is at least 50% native broadleaf trees, best for biodiversity, & public well-being
  • sustainable management of existing trees, forests, woodland & hedges, to protect them from damage & provide a mixed mosaic of habitat for wildlife & people
  • new funding for farmers for 'Hedges & Edges' & traditional woodland pasture -agroforestry
  • funding for community tree nurseries, for people to be involved in finding sites, planting, & growing trees right across Wales
  • a truly national & innovative 'National Forest for Wales'

References 

Climate Emergency: https://gov.wales/written-statement-welsh-government-declares-climate-emergency 

State of Natural Resources Reporthttps://cdn.naturalresources.wales/media/682366/sonarr-summary-september-2016-edited-august-2017.pdf 

A Resilient Wales: https://futuregenerations.wales/aotp/resilience/ 

Bordered by wide strips of lightly grazed broadleaf woodland: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/281902234_Beyond_cool_Adapting_upland_streams_for_climate_change_using_riparian_woodlands

Community tree nurseries https://www.longforest.cymru/news/community-tree-nurseries-guest-blog

Agroforestry: combining agriculture & trees https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2018/07/agroforestry-wales/

Glossary

Biodiversity: the variety of life found on earth. It includes all species of plants & animals, their abundance & genetic diversity

Ecosystem resilience: means how well ecosystems can deal with disturbances - either by resisting them, recovering from them, or adapting to them. Resilient ecosystems are able to carry on delivering services & benefits despite these disturbances.

Habitat: the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism

Habitat connectivity: how patches of habitat are linked together to form a connected habitat network that allows species to interact & move. 

Hedges & Edges: the habitats that make up hedges, tree lines, verges, river & stream margins, ditches, stone walls & other boundaries

Public Goods: commodities or service that is provided without profit to all members of a society, either by the government or by a private individual or organisation

Tree Cover: the area that is shaded by the canopies of trees & shrubs

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Petition details

Petition Status: Currently being considered by the Committee
Petition Start Date: 02/09/2019
Open until midday on: 02/03/2020

 

Petition Signatories

Total signatures: 4354

Name Constituency or Area of residence Date
Leanne Howes Montgomeryshire 02/03/2020
Jan Harris Cardiff Central 01/03/2020
Anonymous Rhondda 01/03/2020
Lisa Daniel Neath 01/03/2020
Anonymous Pontypridd 01/03/2020
Wendy Owen Arfon 01/03/2020
Esther Winter Pontypridd 29/02/2020
Sherill evans Aberconwy 29/02/2020
Paul calow Newport East 29/02/2020
Rhiannon Hayes Cardiff North 28/02/2020
Lyndon Richards Brecon and Radnorshire 28/02/2020
Anonymous Torfaen 28/02/2020
Nichola ann mcdonald Ceredigion 28/02/2020
Gemma saxelby Monmouth 28/02/2020
paul james Aberavon 28/02/2020
Anne Griffiths Ynys Mon 28/02/2020
Huw Sheppard Cardiff West 28/02/2020
Ellyse Davies Newport East 28/02/2020
Simon M Geater Rhondda 27/02/2020
Laurence Wright Ceredigion 27/02/2020
Susan Lodwig Jones Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 27/02/2020
GWYN ROBERTS Gorllewin Caerdydd 27/02/2020
Paul Jones Torfaen 27/02/2020
Gareth Buchaillard-Davies Pontypridd 27/02/2020
Stephen Charles Cooper Vale of Glamorgan 27/02/2020

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