Keeping woodlands in Wales and Ireland healthy

Glossary W


WG:The Welsh Government is the devolved government for Wales. This means that Wales has its own government to make policy and laws for the people of Wales. The Welsh Government and the UK Government both look after different interests in Wales. The Welsh Government is responsible for most of the day-to-day issues for example health, education, and local government. The UK Government looks after other areas such as defence and taxation. The role of the Welsh Government is to
exercise functions devolved to it in order to make decisions on matters which affect people's daily lives;
develop and implement policy;
make subordinate legislation (e.g. regulations and statutory guidance)and propose Assembly Measures (Welsh laws).
Wales Environment Research Hub:Co-ordinates environmental research in Wales, to strengthen the evidence base for the Wales Environment Strategy. The Hub promotes collaboration between research providers in universities and research institutes, and users of research (primarily government and its agencies).
Wales Spatial Plan:A 20-year plan for the sustainable development of Wales - produced by the Welsh Government.
Water Framework Directive:A substantial piece of EC legislation designed to prevent further deterioration of aquatic ecosystems, promote the sustainable use of water and reduce water pollution. It will be the major driver for achieving sustainable management of water in the UK and other Member States.
WBP:Wales Biodiversity Partnership: provides a leadership role and an expert steer on priorities for action on biodiversity in Wales.
WCVA:Wales Council for Voluntary Action: represents the voluntary sector in Wales.
WEFO:Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO): part of the Welsh Government and manages the delivery of EU Structural Funds in Wales.
WEL:Wales Environment Link: the umbrella body for environmental organisations and the officially-designated intermediary body between the government and the environmental non-governmental sector in Wales. WEL is a network of environmental and countryside non-governmental organisations, mostly with an all-Wales remit.
WLGA:Welsh Local Government Association: Represents the interests of local authorities in Wales. The three fire authorities, four police authorities and three national park authorities are associate members.
WMO:World Meteorological Organization.
Welsh National Forest:All woodlands in Wales, the total of all Welsh woodlands, publicly and privately owned, now and in the future.
Welsh Soil Action Plan:A component of the Welsh Government’s Environment Strategy identifying actions to be taken to protect and improve soils.
Woodland:Land where the ecological condition is, or will be, strongly influenced by the tree canopy. In terms of land cover statistics (in the UK), woodland is currently defined as land with trees where the mature trees would cover more than 20 per cent by area. Large tracts are generally called forests, smaller units are described in a variety of terms such as woodlands, woods, copses and shelterbelts, but there is no minimum size for woodland.
Woodland for Learning Forum:A partnership organisation which helps to maximise the use of woodlands for learning by steering developments, ensuring that these are attuned to the learning community’s needs and making most effective use of limited resources.
WRF:The Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model is a next-generation mesoscale numerical weather prediction system designed to serve both atmospheric research and operational forecasting needs. It features two dynamical cores, a data assimilation system, and a software architecture allowing for parallel computation and system extensibility. The model serves a wide range of meteorological applications across scales ranging from meters to thousands of kilometres.
WRFV3:Weather Research and forecasting Model version 3 developed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), USA.
WT:Woodland Trust: the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity.
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