Established in 1990, Wales Wildlife and Countryside Link was principally set up to help different environmental organisations, sometimes with competing objectives, to meet regularly and share news and views on matters affecting the Welsh environment.
Since then the organisation has evolved, changing name and focus to Wales Environment Link in 2002, and developing into a network of organisations with very different interests, needs and problems. Some of our members are household names, others less well known but equally important in safeguarding and improving the management of the environment of Wales.
Wales Environment Link has grown over the years and now has a large membership of 30 diverse environmental, wildlife and countryside organisations. WEL's members are supported by four members of WEL staff.
WEL’s vision is to increase the effectiveness of the environmental sector in Wales in its ability to protect and improve the environment through facilitating and articulating the voice of the environmental sector.
WEL’s main aims are to:
- facilitate sharing of information and knowledge in order to increase the potential of both individual organisations and the network, thereby aiding success in terms of conservation and sustainable development
- provide joint working and campaigning opportunities in order to improve and protect the environment, wildlife, landscape and enjoyment of the countryside
- maintain and further develop WEL’s status and reputation as a united voice for environmental Non-Governmental Organisations in Wales, and promote its policies and positions on a wide range of issues
- continue to develop the potential of the organisation and maintain its financial security