Well-being of Future Generations Act - A step forward

Thursday 30th April 2015

Ground-breaking legislation 'significant step towards achieving meaningful environmental sustainability in Wales.'

The Well-being of Future Generations Act has become law which could pave the way for a sustainable future for the people of Wales.

This new law means that, for the first time, many public bodies that provide services to people across Wales must do so in a sustainable way.
The Sustainable Development Alliance, which represents 30 organisations from environment and development charities to community and women’s groups from all parts of Wales, has campaigned for over three years for this legislation.

Ian Rappel, CEO of GWT, stated: "The new Well-being of Future Generations Act is a significant step towards achieving meaningful environmental sustainability in Wales. A time-frame for Welsh society that includes those yet to come is incredibly progressive. The task of GWT, other NGOs and actors will be to make sure that meaningful deeds follow promising words. For our part, we will actively promote the links between wildlife, ecology and the welfare and livelihoods of future generations – we’re all in it together!”

The Well-being of Future Generations law sets a clear duty on public bodies to carry out sustainable development in everything they do. That means planning for the long term, not just taking short term decisions and working towards long term ‘well-being goals’. These goals will make sure that we live within environmental limits, enhance biodiversity and are globally responsible in our actions.

The law also sets up a Commissioner to act as a guardian for future generations and ties Wales into the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.