Frequently asked questions
Who is hosting the project?
The project will be hosted by RSPB Cymru from 1st June 2020 until June 2022.
Why is RSPB now leading, what is their role and how much control will they have over the project?
RSPB Cymru became the Summit to Sea project hosts on 1st June 2020. This role will replace the role previously played by Rewilding Britain before they stepped back from the project in October 2019. Between these dates the partnership had been working through this transition to ensure the new direction includes the feedback of the community to date.
The role of RSPB Cymru will be in hosting the project staff (a Project Development Officer) and reporting to the funders. However, as a partnership they will have equal decision making control as all other existing and future partners in the project.
RSPB Cymru will be the host throughout this ‘development’ phase of the project, up to two years. If the project proceeds beyond this and seeks further funding the broadened partnership will decide which organisation will host the next stages of the project.
The project will be keeping everyone informed of any changes along the way as we work together with other organisations and community stakeholders to develop the project.
What other partners are involved and why? Do you anticipate changing or adding to these partners?
The project currently has six partners: RSPB Cymru, Woodland Trust, Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, PLAS Marine Special Area of Conservation, MCS and Whale and Dolphin Conservation. However, one of our key aims of the next phase of the project development is to broaden this group to include a wider range of interests. If you’d like to know more about this, or are interested in joining the partnership, do get in touch.
Are Rewilding Britain involved in the project?
Rewilding Britain will not be involved in the project during this period and have not been involved in developing the application for this development phase. Rewilding Britain officially left the project partnership in October 2019.
How much have local community representatives inputted to the detail of this planning phase?
We have involved a number of organisations and community representatives in the development of the funding application for this new planning phase. We are very grateful to those who gave their time and expertise to reviewing and inputting into this planning phase application.
Now we are in the co-design phase we’re holding online workshops which have been attended by a wide range of people from the local community. We’re also working with key local organisations in involve them in shaping the project as well as launching our ‘community facilitators’ programme to widen our reach and involve as many local people in the conversations as possible.
If you’d like to know more about how to get involved click here.
Is the overall vision of the project changing?
We’ve been reviewing the project vision this year. We’d like to discuss this further with people but at the moment the vision is:
Ecologically biodiverse and connected ecosystems delivering benefits economically, ecologically and socially, through a connected terrestrial and marine landscape, appropriate to the local place and culture
That will sustain robust ecosystem services, through a participatory approach which is underpinned by stronger, more nature friendly business, economy and supply chains
How is the project funded?
The project is currently funded by the Endangered Landscapes Programme.
How will the project benefit wildlife in the local area?
The project could benefit populations of native wildlife such as pine martens, horseshoe bats and lobsters, with the restoration and expansion of globally important habitats such as montane scrub, blanket bog, grasslands, coastal saltmarsh and living reefs.
What’s the approach for deciding on what will happen over the next 2 years?
We will be undertaking a co-design process over the next 2 years which will develop what this project could look like. What type of ‘interventions’ could we explore that will benefit biodiversity? How could we improve connectivity of habitats? What could we do to support the existing nature based economy in the area? How can we learn from each other, from the local culture, and local land/sea management to inform our decisions today?
The project will be shaped and steered by those who live and work in the region, with a Project Development Officer leading ongoing conversations, and project design sessions with local people, organisations and businesses to discuss how the project can be developed to deliver connectivity and resilience in nature alongside economic, social and cultural benefits.
Whilst Covid-19 is still impacting our communities we’ll be undertaking this process online initially, sharing the steps on our website, making it clear how we’ll be listening to each other, how and when you can get involved, how we’ll be collaborating with a range of stakeholders, and how we’ll be making decisions.
What stage is the project at?
The project is following a rough time line which is outlined in our introductory video.
Who do we now speak to about the project and what opportunities will there be to comment on project proposals and plans?
You should speak to Sian Stacey, the Project Development Officer, to chat about the project or find out how you can get involved in developing the plan over the next year. You can contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org ,
How will the project respond to Welsh Government plans to change farm payments after Brexit?
Whilst we develop the project we’ll be keeping an eye on the Welsh Governments land management co-design process to ensure that this project is complementary to the final post-Brexit schemes. The project will not be replacing this scheme, but we’ll be looking to make sure that whatever we develop over this period is aligned and responsive to this scheme.
Is the project still called Summit to Sea?
Yes, at the moment. But, we’re looking to hear from you about the name, if you have an idea for a name which you think is more suited to the project or the area, or if you like the name and think we should keep it get in touch. It’s important to us that the name is reflective of the area and those we’ll be working with on the project.