548. Biodiversity and resilience of ecosystems duty.

A public authority must seek to maintain and enhance biodiversity1 in the exercise of functions in relation to Wales, and in so doing promote the resilience of ecosystems, so far as consistent with the proper exercise of those functions2.

In complying with this requirement3, a public authority must take account of the resilience of ecosystems, in particular the following aspects:

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    (1)     diversity between and within ecosystems;

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    (2)     the connections between and within ecosystems;

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    (3)     the scale of ecosystems;

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    (4)     the condition of ecosystems (including their structure and functioning);

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    (5)     the adaptability of ecosystems4.

The Welsh Ministers must prepare and publish a