SMART NATURE: Beacons to Bay website was developed as part of a consultation project set up by Swansea Environmental Forum (SEF) in 2015 to gather views on the management of natural resources along the Tawe Corridor and Swansea Bay for the benefit of people the environment and the economy.
The project was funded by Natural Resources Wales (NRW), the government agency responsible for most environmental issues in Wales. The information gathered through this website, and associated consultation events – including the first Smart Nature conference – is being used to inform the work of SEF, NRW and other partners.
In 2018, the Swansea Local Well-being Plan was published and one of its key objectives (priority areas) is Working with Nature. SEF and its partners decided to make use of this website to support events and activities related to the Working with Nature objective, which has four action areas: green infrastructure, ecosystem services, carbon reduction and knowledge & understanding.
The following video, produced by NRW, provides an introduction to the ecosystems services approach:
Home page illustration by Mike Hill: www.mikegwynhill.co.uk
Text and project coordination by Philip McDonnell: pmdevelopment.weebly.com
Website development by Copper Bay Creative: www.copperbaycreative.co.uk