There are several kinds of statutory and
non-statutory Environmental Assessment processes which are
required by organisations
delivering plans, programmes and/or projects.
In order to ensure that we can maintain, protect and enhance our
environment for the future, it is important to understand the
effects that plans, programmes and projects may have on Wales’
natural heritage. Assessing the potential effects of plans and
projects before they are given approval helps to inform decision
makers and enables us to consider ways of avoiding, reducing or
remedying adverse effects.
CCW believes that Environmental Assessment should benefit plan
makers, decision makers, project proposers and all those involved
in the planning process, including the wider community in
Environmental Assessment also helps ensure that our planning
processes support sustainable development and that plans and
proposals do not result in harm to the natural heritage of Wales.
Most environmental assessment processes and procedures are required
by law but their effectiveness relies on integrity and good
CCW will help decision makers, developers and plan makers carry
out environmental assessments by providing access to data that we
hold on Wales’ natural heritage and by giving advice and
CCW’s involvement in Environmental Assessment lies in five main
areas and we are a statutory consultee in each of these:
These areas area of work are led by the Strategic Planning Group
to whom any queries should be directed.
- Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)- for projects and
- Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)- for plans, programmes
- Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) of plans- for plans,
programmes and strategies affecting European Sites of nature
These areas area of work are led by the Terrestrial Ecosystems
Group to whom any queries should be directed.
- Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) of projects- for projects
and proposals affecting European Sites
- Review of Consents (RoC)