Section 6 – Biodiversity and resilience of ecosystems duty

Section 6 under Part 1 of the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 introduced an enhanced biodiversity and resilience of ecosystems duty (the S6 duty) for public authorities in the exercise of functions in relation to Wales.

The S6 duty will enable public authorities to make a commitment to the environment, by undertaking positive actions for nature while carrying out their everyday activities. This will be set out in their section 6 plan which will help with reporting.

A report on the actions the public authority has taken to comply with the duty will be published by the end of 2019. Each public authority will report individually on their S6 plan.

A Frequently Asked Questions document can be accessed here


Public authorities are currently drawing up S6 plans and completed plans will be published here. Completed S6 plans are shown below.

Local Authorities

Statutory Bodies

Natural Resources Wales

Public Authorities

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water 'Makingtime for Nature'

Examples of good practice available to organisations to use and adapt in discharging the S6 duty. Further examples will be added as this section develops.

Guidelines for S6 reporting are under development. Public authorities are required to publish by the end of 2019 what measures they have taken to comply with the duty and then every three years after this date.

Species in Wales

Amphibians & Reptiles

Birds

Lichens

Terrestrial Mammals

Bryophytes

Invertebrates

Helping Wildlife

Wildlife Gardening