N.Wales Environmental Outdoor Charter Group
Following consultation and a presentation at the Outdoor North Wales Forum last February, Snowdonia-Active (S-A) is seeking to launch an environmental outdoor charter for north Wales. A meeting will be held in the near future to pull a steering group together and begin the work outlined in the 'Proposal for the North Wales Environmental Outdoor Charter Group' document.
A charter will bring the region into line with Pembrokeshire and the Brecon Beacons National Parks that already have environmental charters in place. One of the actions in the recent Snowdonia National Park Recreation Strategy 2012 - 17 was: "Introduce nationally agreed Codes of Conduct and/or Recreation Charters, to reduce area of conflict between user groups, conservation and land managers."
National Coasteering Charter
In November last year, over 80 coasteering providers met in Bristol to vote-in a National Coasteering Charter (NCC).
It has become clear since then that not all the activity providers in north Wales were aware of this development and concern has been expressed about elements of its relevance to the region.
A meeting has been arranged for the 14th June at The Heights Hotel 7.00 p.m. for anyone running coasteering sessions in north Wales or having an interest in the activity, to discuss the Charter. Tom Luddington, from Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter, said it's a 'live document' and welcomes any feedback.
Welsh Government Consultations
The Welsh Government is currently consulting on the proposal for combining the work of the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales and the Forestry Commission Wales into a new 'single body'.
The new body would continue to have an important role in planning and providing opportunities for outdoor recreation and its management.
Consultation on Sustaining a Living Wales
is also currently underway. This green paper looks at the governance and delivery of the management and regulation of the environment in Wales, based on the ecosystem approach.
Consultation on the proposed new body closes on 2nd May and the deadline for commenting on Sustaining a Living Wales
is 31st May.
SNPA Recreation Strategy 2012 - 17
The Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) Recreation Strategy is now out for consultation. Feedback on the document to help ensure the effective management of the Park's natural and cultural resources is welcomed.
This consultation draft outlines what steps the Authority and its partners should take within the next five years to implement the Strategy.
These steps include ensuring that recreational activities respect the special qualities and peacefulness of Snowdonia, the need to consider the effects of climate change in relation to recreation, protecting and enhancing the sense of place in Snowdonia, and securing and improving access for all.
It also includes promoting the health and well-being advantages to leisure activities, securing economic benefits, working in partnership and improving the connection between the various recreational activities.
Enjoying the Rivers and Lakes of Wales
A new Waterside Code and DVD have been produced to help people enjoy Wales' rivers and lakes in a responsible and sustainable way. The Waterside Code has been led by the Welsh Government in consultation with the main inland water activity user groups. The national code was a recommendation from the Assembly's Sustainability Committee's 2010 Inquiry into Access to Inland Water in Wales. The Countryside Council for Wales, supported by the Environment Agency, commissioned Snowdonia-Active to produce the DVD Enjoying the Lakes and Rivers of Wales
as part of the ongoing series of reconciling conservation and recreation films.
Green into Gold
Snowdonia bed and breakfast business, Bryn Bella
, has received North Wales' first Gold Award from the UK's Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) - established to recognise and promote businesses which make a significant contribution to creating a sustainable, green enterprise. It is the only certification scheme validated by Visit Britain.
Bryn Bella in Betws-y-Coed is run by husband and wife team Mark and Joan Edwards. Both care passionately about the environment and are firm believers that, through their business, they can make an important contribution to the region. In 2009, Green Snowdonia
recognised their eco-friendly credentials as winners of the Most Sustainable B&B Award
and last March The
listed Bryn Bella as one of the thirty coolest B&Bs in Britain.
Free Green Tourism Workshops
In a key development for Snowdonia-Active (S-A) we are delivering the
Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) 2010 Growing Sustainable Tourism Workshop
programme under the
'Green Snowdonia' banner. This is the first project
to be delivered as part of S-A's growing sustainable tourism remit,
overseen by Dr Emma Edwards-Jones.
Six free workshops are being
offered to the owners and managers of tourism businesses in north-west
Wales. Issues addressed in the workshops will include energy efficiency,
waste management, local
produce, marketing and promoting public
Green Snowdonia was initiated by the Snowdonia Society
in 2006 with Emma at the helm. Find out how you could become a
trailblazing 'Green Tourism' business.
In a key development for Snowdonia-Active (S-A) we are delivering the Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) 2010 Growing Sustainable Tourism Workshop
programme under the
'Green Snowdonia' banner. This is the first project to be delivered as part of S-A's growing sustainable tourism remit, overseen by Dr Emma Edwards-Jones.
Six free workshops are being offered to the owners and managers of tourism businesses in north-west Wales. Issues addressed in the workshops will include energy efficiency, waste management, local
produce, marketing and promoting public transport.
The workshops were initiated by the Snowdonia Society in 2006 with Emma at the helm. Find out how you could become a trailblazing 'Green Tourism' business.
Outdoor Charter Group
A meeting was recently held at Plas Tan y Bwlch to discuss if Snowdonia would benefit from the development of an outdoor charter. Activity providers would be able to sign up to demonstrate their commitment to good working practice in helping ensure that they minimise any potential negative environmental impact. The well attended meeting began with a presentation from Tom Luddington who runs The Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Group (POGC). He outlined what the Group has achieved in that county, the benefits to members and some of the difficulties the POGC has faced. The development of a similar outdoor charter is being established for the Brecon Beacons.
The MountainSafe initiative calls for walkers and climbers to be fully prepared before venturing on to the hills of Snowdonia this winter. Tim Bird, of North Wales Police, one of the organisations behind the campaign, said: "We want people to continue to come and enjoy the beautiful mountains of North Wales, but before they set out they need to ask themselves are they properly clothed and equipped; do they know the weather forecast; have they got the mountain skills needed for the terrain they're about to tackle? Only hours after making the appeal before the Christmas and New Year period there were two incidents involving 'tracksuit and trainer' walkers on Snowdon having to be rescued.
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