PCF is leading on Ecosystem Enterprise Partnership – Building Natural Solutions, a successful bid to the Community Renewal Fund. The work is aiming to find natural land management actions that can be used to ensure future development can take place that reduces the nutrients impacting water quality.  

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) published new targets to reduce river phosphate levels in special areas of conservation (SAC) across Wales.  These new targets were informed by recent evidence from Joint Nature Conservation Committee on the damaging effects of phosphates to water ecosystems and species. This means any proposals for development within the Cleddau and Teifi SAC river catchments that will generate increased volume or concentration of wastewater – must now prove that the development will not contribute to increased phosphate levels. 

PCF and partners will quantify the phosphate impact of planned housing or agricultural development within the affected area, then engage with land managers to find, and cost solutions. Mitigation plans for specific developments will be created to meet the requirements of the NRW phosphate guidance and Habitat Regulations.   

Ecosystem Enterprise Partnership – Building Natural Solutions is collaborative and innovative work that will contribute to sustainable economic development by allowing businesses to grow whilst reducing the overall level of nutrients entering waterways.  PCF and partners will work with land managers and housing developers to find ways to mitigate nutrient impacts from future housing development. 

To get involved or for further information email paul.renfro@pembrokeshirecoastalforumorg.uk  

Funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.  The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-community-renewal-fund-prospectus