From 01 April 2013, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) will take over the functions currently carried out by the Countryside Council for Wales and Forestry Commission Wales, the devolved functions of Environment Agency Wales and some functions that are currently carried out within the Welsh Government.
One of the reasons for creating the new body is to streamline services and make things more straightforward for customers, suppliers and partners. In future, if you do business with Natural Resources Wales you will only have to contact one body and this will make things easier and simpler and save you time.
The new body is taking every step possible to ensure that existing arrangements will transfer into the new organisation with minimum impact. The key focus is to ensure there is business continuity in the first months of the new organisation as it begins to establish its own priorities and its own ways of working.
You may have links with the other organisations involved, as well as with Natural Resources Wales, and this information will also be available on their websites. Until Natural Resources Wales is vested on 01 April all three existing organisations (CCW, EAW and FCW) will continue to deal with all external contact as usual.
To find out more about what this change will mean, visit the Welsh Government website on http://wales.gov.uk/topics/environmentcountryside/consmanagement/nef/publications/seb/customers-suppliers-partners/?lang=en