19/12/2007Auditor General launches new study
The Wales Audit Office is launching a study into Forestry Commission Wales, which looks after almost 40 per cent of Welsh woodland. The review team are inviting members of the public, public sector bodies and businesses to express their views on the Forestry Commission Wales to help inform their findings. The study is trying to find out whether the organisation is in a position to achieve its objectives while keeping its finances in good order.
Publicly owned forestry in Wales covers 14 per cent of the country and people are becoming more aware of how important forestry is in the battle against climate change. Forestry Commission Wales wants to play its part and works with the Welsh Assembly Government, following a strategy called Woodlands for Wales. It also works with lots of public agencies, business and with the people who live near and enjoy the woodlands. But, it is sometimes hard for the organisation to fulfil all their wishes.
Its objectives include renting out some of the land it manages for wind farms. The money it gets will help keep Forestry Commission Wales operating. Other money to run Forestry Commission Wales comes from the European Union and from timber harvesting sales.
The Wales Audit Office study team want to hear people's views on whether Forestry Commission Wales is delivering its own, and the Assembly Government's, objectives for forestry; whether it has the right mechanisms in place to deliver its objectives and whether it is in a good position to improve its performance through learning and innovation. For more information on Forestry Commission Wales, and to read its mission and corporate plan, you can visit the website www.forestry.gov.uk (and select Wales as an option).
If you would like to contribute to the Wales Audit Office review, you can fill in a questionnaire. Alternatively, you can write to:
Forestry Commission Review
Wales Audit Office
2-4 Park Grove
Once the review is finished, the Auditor General for Wales will put a report before the National Assembly for Wales, which is likely to be considered by the Assembly's Audit Committee.
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