Transport for Wales (TfW) has announced its latest target in becoming a more sustainable company that has a minimal impact on wildlife and habits.
With assistance and guidance from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ biodiversity metric, TfW is aiming for no net loss of biodiversity by 2024.
To help achieve this key target, TfW has created a Biodiversity Action Plan, launched on Thursday 10th June 2021.
Where possible the TfW will work towards a net gain in biodiversity.
The aim of the Biodiversity Action Plan is to protect and develop biodiversity and ecosystems across the rail routes operated by TfW.
The Biodiversity Action Plan is made up of the following main principles:
- No net loss of biodiversity
- Communication and transparency with the public and stakeholders about what TfW is doing and why
- Mainstreaming best practice throughout our operations, collaboration and engagement with wildlife organisations
- Stakeholders and local communities and a commitment to identifying and implementing biodiversity initiatives wherever possible.
To reach their target, TfW will work across their routes to actively improve or maintain ecosystems. From replacing habitats at Llanwern near Newport, to bring biodiversity boosting methods, such as hedgehog houses and green roofs, to 22 station receiving green features thanks to a £100,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Welsh Government’s Local Places.
Transport for Wales Chief Executive, James Price said: “I’m really pleased to be able to share the Transport for Wales Biodiversity Action Plan.
“We are absolutely committed to fulfilling our duties in protecting, enhancing and championing our biodiversity and ecosystems throughout our operations. We want to be seen as a leader and as an exemplar of sustainable transport, promoting Wales as leading the way in the sustainable management of natural resources which will enable the public and future generations to enjoy the beauty of the Wales.
“This ambitious plan will help ensure we are in the strongest possible position to deliver on this vision for our natural environment.”
TfW Ecologist Laura Jones said: “Our transport networks in Wales and the Borders have an essential role to play in protecting and enhancing our natural environment.
“This Biodiversity Action Plan forms a key component of our wider sustainability aims at Transport for Wales; it is our commitment to halt species decline, habitat degradation and protect our biodiversity and ecosystems throughout our operations.
“Our aspiration is – and always will be – that sustainable transport can positively contribute to the protection and enhancement of our wildlife.”
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