Professor Bob Lee was appointed Special Advisor to the National Assembly for Wales’ Environment and Sustainability Committee to advise on the creation of a single environmental body bringing together the Forestry Commission Wales (FCW), Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and the Environment Agency Wales (EAW).
The Committee reviewed a Business Case examining the costs and risks attached to the creation of a single body which includes detailed information on the form and functions of the new body.
Professor Lee provided guidance to the Committee as they scrutinised the Business Case, in particular on performance risk, finance, regulatory powers, what actual efficiencies will be made as a result of the merger and how the three bodies will fit together as one organisation.
The business case recommends that a single body bring together EAW, CCW and FCW and ought to:
• be more effective;
• achieve better environmental outcomes; and
• have the potential to create significant savings that could be reinvested.
The result of this review and Consultation was the creation on Natural Resources Wales. ERIC is proud to have contributed to this result.