A wildlife charity has criticised the Welsh Government's progress on tackling the nature emergency.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) praised the Senedd for last year becoming the first parliament in the world to declare a nature emergency, but said it was "bitterly disappointed" in the level of action taken by the Welsh Government since then.

Calling the July 2021 declaration "a proud moment", the RSPB went on: "With that comes the responsibility for the government in power to take immediate action to address this emergency head-on, leaving no stone unturned.

"The government's failure to bring forward the promised legislation on nature recovery targets and environmental governance in the legislative programme - ignoring the calls of environment, health organisations and the Senedd Climate Change, Environment and Infrastructure Committee - is bitterly disappointing."


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Referencing a report which found one in six species in Wales are at risk of extinction, the RSPB added: "The Welsh Government must not let the 2020s be another 'lost decade' for nature."

Back in 2019, a report - The State of Nature - compiled by government agencies and wildlife organisations found that at least 73 species had been lost in Wales since the 1970s, when rigorous scientific monitoring began. 

These species included birds like turtle doves and corn buntings.

As much as 36 percent of vertebrate species in Wales were judged to be at risk of extinction here.

As part of the Senedd's nature emergency declaration last July, the Welsh Government was called on to introduce legally binding targets for reducing biodiversity loss in Wales, as well as to establish an independent body for environmental governance - this body would be responsible for holding the government to account on meeting its nature recovery targets.

No new legislation has been introduced or announced on either, however.

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