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What is the LNP Cymru Project?

The Local Nature Partnership (LNP) Cymru Project aims to build a nature recovery network across Wales, engaging people, communities, businesses and decision-makers in both practical action and strategic planning for a healthy, resilient and nature-rich Wales.

It is a 3-year project running until April 2022, funded by Welsh Government and coordinated by WCVA. The partnership consists of all local authorities and national parks in Wales, Wales Biodiversity Partnership, WCVA and the Local Environment Records Centres (LERC).

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Our Mission is to reconnect people with nature to ensure it is protected and nurtured now and in the future

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Our Vision is a Wales rich in nature for everyone

There is an LNP in every area across Wales, each uniquely placed to deliver effective action at the local level and contribute to the national nature recovery agenda. Find your Local Nature Partnership here.

Each LNP is responsible for co-ordinating, promoting and recording existing and new actions to conserve, promote and enhance nature in their area. This includes involvement in:

  • Plans and policy development;
  • Networking and best practice sharing;
  • Practical conservation projects;
  • Reporting; and,
  • Education and awareness raising.

We want to make a long-term, sustainable difference to halting and reversing the decline of the natural environment. We hope that by harnessing the collective resources of communities, volunteers, public bodies and businesses we can take informed, evidence-driven collaborative action within our local authority or national park areas.

Project Outcomes

To establish a vibrant and effective all-Wales network of Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs)

  • The LNP network will share learning to maximise best practice and impact
  • There will be an increased number and diversity of partners within LNPs who contribute to nature recovery through their delivery plans and projects

To develop local Nature Recovery Action Plans (NRAPs) in all Local Authority (LA) and National Park Authority (NPA) areas

  • A broad range of actors will be supported to contribute to NRAPs in line with Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (SMNR) principles

To build the evidence-base

  • The LNP project will deliver compelling evidence-based narratives about the value of nature recovery
  • There will be more effective and targeted action for local NRAPs

To increase local action

  • Each LNP will ensure that more local organisations and people are aware of the extent and role of the local nature in their area
  • Having more accessible and locally-targeted information will inform better decision-making and inspire changes in behaviour
  • By working together, more people will be able to access, contribute to and benefit from nature-based activities

To advocate and influence

  • The LNP project will advocate for greater and more effective public body implementation of nature recovery policy objectives
  • The LNPs will encourage greater community involvement and ownership of nature recovery activities


  • More organisations will see the benefit of investing in LNPs to deliver multiple benefits
  • There will be a sustainable legacy to the LNP Cymru project

To find out more or to get involved, contact the project team or find us on Twitter.

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