What Is Communities And Nature
Communities and Nature (CAN) is a strategic
project under the Environment for Growth (E4G) Theme of the
Convergence Programme. CAN is being led and managed by the
Countryside Council for Wales (CCW), with the Environment Agency
Wales (EAW) acting as joint-sponsor for the delivery of the Wild
Fishing Wales (WFW) initiative.
CAN will be a strategic project covering the whole of the
Convergence Area, with the exception of the Valleys Regional Park.
During all stages the management and delivery of CAN will be
closely aligned to all other strategic projects operating under the
The CAN strategic project comprises three elements:
- Projects that CCW will deliver;
- The Wild Fishing Wales project that Environment Agency Wales
- The programme of procurement enabling others to contribute to
the Environment for Growth theme.
CAN’s underlying ambition is to increase sustainable economic
benefits and create jobs by utilising Wales’ natural capital.
The Business Plan sets out three broad Aims for CAN to:
- Maximise the economic benefits of natural capital through
increasing the volume, length and value of visits to the
countryside, and through job and enterprise creation.
- Ensure that the benefits of the activities undertaken through
CAN are shared with the disadvantaged groups through employment,
training and volunteering opportunities.
- Enhance sustainable development in Wales by providing high
quality local leisure opportunities and improving the
attractiveness of each spatial plan areas.
CAN is deploying innovative methods to ensure all initiatives
adhere to environmental sustainability and bring benefits to
visitors, as well as disadvantaged communities. Emphasis will be
- Ensuring that the supply of new infrastructure (visitor
attractions) is matched with new demand through increased marketing
and promotional work
- Developing sound Monitoring and Evaluation methods, both at a
bid level and for CAN’s activities as a whole
- Fostering innovation at all levels
- Building capacity amongst communities.
Total project cost for CAN is approximately £14.5 million and
- Project management costs (£1.56 M)
- CCW’s own projects (£1.3 M)
- EAW’s project – WFW(£2.6 M)
- Procured activities aimed at delivering CAN’s Aims and SMART
Objectives (£9.37 M)
The range of activities to be procured will be divided into 3
- Small scale activities of less than £250k (2 rounds)
- Connections /Paths
There will also be a joint sponsorship round for
- Visitor Facilities and Wildlife attractions / tourism.
CAN sets out to leave an enduring legacy in terms of:
- New high quality leisure facilities close to homes, which are
regularly used and valued and lead to social and health benefits
for all groups
- Developing new green tourism initiatives and systems for
reducing negative environmental impact, including ways of reducing
- Changed attitudes within communities towards the environmental
assets around them and how these can be harnessed as sustainable
sources for new jobs and wealth
- The creation of new jobs and enterprises associated with the
- Changed attitudes and improved engagement of
economically-inactive individuals in disadvantaged
- Improvement in the skill levels leading to employment and