Rural Wales seminar

June 2021 | Featured, Rural policy

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Delivering the Potential of Rural Wales – June 22 2021, 2pm – 4.30pm

As the new Welsh Government begins work on national recovery post the Covid-19 pandemic, this seminar asks, how will it deliver for rural Wales?

Nine council areas are designated as being rural. Collectively they are home to over a third of the Welsh population with many more in rural pockets in other council areas. The nine rural councils cover an area of over 80% of the Welsh landmass.

The recently published WLGA Rural Vision and accompanying Evidence Report sets out the challenges for rural Wales, many of which have formed the backbone of rural development policy over many years. Post Covid-19 and post Brexit there are new challenges to be faced but the response for rural Wales is fragmented between emerging regional structures such as CJCs, and delivery mechanisms such as City and Growth Deals.

The seminar will cover the following questions and more:

  • How can a coherent integrated vision for rural Wales be supported going forward?
  • How will we build on the lessons of LEADER to foster multi-agency delivery mechanisms that are place-based and community focussed?
  • How do we nurture and support locally led innovation rooted in local communities?

Speakers will include :

  • Professor Michael Woods Co-Director of the Centre for Welsh Politics and Society, Aberystwyth University. “Delivering the Rural Vision: Options for Governance and Rural Development in Wales”.
  • Wynfford James , Managing Director Sgema Cyf  “The Space for Innovation: Antur Teifi LEADER I &II”
  • Jon Parker, Chief Executive, CPRW. “Community Engagement within the Context of Rural Development”

Short presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and you can register your interest by signing up here:

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