551. Area-based implementation of the national policy.

The Natural Resources Body for Wales1 must prepare and publish statements ('area statements') for the areas that it considers appropriate for the purpose of facilitating the implementation of the national natural resources policy2.

Each area statement must:


    (1)     explain why a statement has been prepared for the area, by reference to the natural resources in the area, the benefits which the natural resources provide and the priorities, risks and opportunities for the sustainable management of natural resources which need to be addressed3;


    (2)     explain how the principles of sustainable management of natural resources have been applied in preparing the statement4;

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