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Huw Irranca-Davies MS

Responsibilities of the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs.



  • Promotion of sustainable development (as defined by the Well-being of Future Generations Act) and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Marine and freshwater planning, biodiversity, conservation and licensing
  • Best and most versatile land policy, mineral site restoration advice and Agricultural Land Classification and implementation of the EIA (Agriculture) Regulations
  • Net Zero, climate change, emission reduction targets and carbon budgets
  • Natural Resources Management, including oversight and implementation of the Environment (Wales) Act and Natural Resources Wales
  • Cross-cutting measures of mitigation and adaptation in relation to climate change, including water; land drainage; flood and coastal risk; and control of marine and air pollution
  • Water
  • Reservoir Safety
  • Forestry policy and legislation, including re-stocking, tree health and forest reproductive material
  • National Forest
  • Biodiversity policy, including the implementation of the Nature Recovery Plan
  • Sustainable resource and waste management
  • Local environment quality, including litter, fly-tipping, Deposit Return Scheme and Extended Producer Responsibility
  • Local environment quality; Noise policy and regulation
  • Strategic lead on allotments and urban green infrastructure
  • Community Green Spaces and common land
  • Access to the countryside, coast, rights of way and waterways/bodies of water
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Rural Development Programme
  • Sustainable Farming Scheme
  • Agriculture sector development, including wages and skills
  • Developing agri-food sector, associated supply chains, promotion and marketing of food and drink from Wales
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Bovine TB Eradication Plan
  • Livestock identification and movement policy
  • Holding registration policy
  • Inland, coastal and sea fisheries: policy regulation and enforcement, and the management of fishery harbours.
  • Power to require provision of information about crop prices
  • The protection and management of wildlife, including control of pests, injurious weeds and vermin and the regulation of plant health, seeds and pesticides
  • Genetically modified crops
  • REACH and Chemical policy