Welsh Policy Group

Ecologists and policymakers working together to better embed ecological knowledge into the Welsh policymaking process.

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About the Welsh Policy Group (WPG)

The Welsh Policy Group (WPG) was launched in 2015, with the aim of promoting the use of ecological knowledge in Wales and supporting the involvement of ecologists in all levels of Welsh policymaking. Since then, the WPG has held several policy events in Wales and, with the support of the BES policy team, has responded to relevant Welsh consultations and inquiries. All of our consultation and inquiry responses can be found here.

As a BES group, the WPG presents the scientific evidence rather than campaigning on particular issues. This includes operating within a wider proactive model for BES policy work, meaning that the WPG not only reacts to policy opportunities (such as consultations) but also focuses on identifying key policy opportunities to increase the BES policy impact. The WPG organises events (such as ‘Pie and a Pint’ events and policy training workshops) focused on policy priorities and processes in Wales, prepares briefings to members about the latest Welsh policy news and responds to particularly important consultations and inquiries. 

We have a new committee!

We have just completed a round of recruitment for a new Chair, Vice Chair and Core Members, soon to be announced! As part of a process of renewal of the group, we are drafting a new Vision and Strategic Aims, and will start organising events and activities in 2022.

If you have any questions about the group, or would like to suggest a collaboration with the WPG on a particular event or project, then please get in touch with Nick Harvey, Policy Officer: nick@britishecologicalsociety.org