GWCT RE­SEARCH IN PRAC­TICE: SUS­TAIN­ABLE MAN­AGE­MENT SCHEME

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Fol­low­ing a pi­lot study in 2013, GWCT, CLA Cymru and FWAG Cymru gath­ered a num­ber of grouse moor man­agers to­gether to see if there was an ap­petite among them to re­in­state ac­tive moor­land man­age­ment. Af­ter a suc­cess­ful joint bid for fund­ing from the Welsh Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme un­der the Sus­tain­able Man­age­ment Scheme (SMS) the group es­tab­lished the 16,000-acre North Wales Moor­land part­ner­ship and the 20,000-acre Powys Moor­land Part­ner­ship in Mid Wales, with Cath Hughes act­ing as fa­cil­i­ta­tor and with con­tin­ued guid­ance from GWCT.

The demise of wildlife in Wales, high­lighted by the 2013 State of Na­ture re­port, meant that a dif­fer­ent ap­proach was cru­cial in or­der to save the birds on the en­dan­gered list. The SMS fo­cuses on tan­gi­ble re­sults or out­comes, gives greater flex­i­bil­ity to the farm­ers/landown­ers about how th­ese can be achieved, and works on a land­scape scale through co­op­er­a­tive part­ner­ships.

This col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach en­gages a much greater num­ber of peo­ple from across the ru­ral com­mu­nity and be­yond, link­ing the preser­va­tion of nat­u­ral re­sources to the na­tion’s health in line with the Well-be­ing of Fu­ture Gen­er­a­tions (Wales) Act 2015.

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