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New Environmental Law Development in Wales

Jun 03, 2013

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Norma Barry

The UK Environmental Law Association has announced it has appointed Dr Norma Barry at a critical time for environmental law in Wales.

The appointment has been made in the light of the Welsh Government’s global commitment to sustainable development and its various policy and legislative initiatives, such as the proposed Sustainable Development Bill.

The Association is keen to influence the drafting and implementation of environmental legislation to try to ensure that new laws work for a better environment.

The appointment has been made possible as a result of support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation which funds projects to improve quality of life throughout the UK in various areas, such as the environment.

Professor Bob Lee of UKELA’s Wales Working Party said:

“There are currently some exciting developments as Wales develops its own environmental laws and legislative guidance. These include the Sustainable Development, Environment and Planning Bills.

“We are pleased to have Norma on board to help with our influencing work in respect of these developments. She brings to the role a wealth of knowledge about Wales and its key influencers and decision makers. She also has significant experience of environmental issues. As a former senior official within the Welsh Government and through her consulting work, Norma has developed a valuable network of contacts who we hope will see clear benefits from becoming involved with UKELA’s activities”.

On her appointment, Norma Barry said:

“I am pleased to be working with UKELA. This prestigious body works hard to provide information about and influence environmental law to make it easier for everyone to understand, interpret and apply.

“In many ways, Wales is leading the way in respect of environmental developments. UKELA is keen to play a useful role in these developments to ensure effective and integrated legislation.

“I very much look forward to building on the work that UKELA has already done in Wales and widening its reach”.

Notes to the editors:

UKELA is the charity which aims to make the law work for a better environment and to improve understanding and awareness of environmental law.

A working party for Wales was set up in July 2012 to promote understanding and awareness of environmental law and influence the development of legislation by responding to relevant consultation papers.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. It does this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change.

The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. It makes grants of £30 - £35 million annually towards a wide range of work within the arts, education and learning, the environment and social change. The Foundation also operates a £21 million Finance Fund which invests in organisations that aim to deliver both a financial return and a social benefit.

The funding awarded to UKELA is to:

  • Contribute towards and influence the development of new environmental law and policy in Wales such that new legislation is coherent, consistent, integrated, transparent and accessible and achieves positive outcomes for the environment.
  • Ensure that environmental law practitioners and members of the public in Wales have access to information, training and networks to enable them to be better informed about environmental responsibilities and rights.
  • Develop, strengthen and establish a sustainable UKELA Welsh network.


Dr Norma Barry is a former Welsh Government Senior Civil Servant who has in recent years been running her own consultancy business providing a range of services for private companies and, public and voluntary organisations. Apart from her work commitments, Norma is a member of Welsh Water, the Court of the University of Wales and the Food Standards Advisory Welsh Advisory Committee. She is also a panel member for the Care Council for Wales.

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