The Mountain and Moorland Ambassadors project has been shortlisted in the Sustainable Academy Awards in the Sustainable education or training category. The public vote counts towards 60% of the overall score, so every vote counts! Voting closes on November 6th.
‘The Sustainable Academy Awards celebrate sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership from across Wales. The Awards recognise the brilliant people, projects and initiatives that are contributing towards the seven National Well-being Goals and the five Ways of Working described in the Well-being Future Generations Act.’
The Mountain and Moorland Ambassador project was developed by the Black Mountain Land Use Partnership in conjunction with staff from the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority within the Visitor Management theme of the project. The training sits alongside a collection of other Ambassador courses successfully run by Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority.
The aim of the Mountain and Moorland Ambassador project is to engage and train people from local tourism businesses, helping them to relay sustainability messages to their customers, so that they might in turn visit and enjoy the Black Mountains area responsibly. This is an innovative initiative which for the first time brings together local businesses, graziers, landowners and regulatory bodies to understand sustainability issues and work together towards future-proofing the sustainability of the Black Mountains.
So far the project has made brilliant progress and impact. A total of 56 Ambassadors have been trained. The training was delivered to three groups through a bespoke two-day training programme.
Phil Stocker, BMLUP Chair, said the ambassador programme helps to give local businesses the tools and information to communicate messages about the special qualities of the Black Mountains and what visitors can do to help us look after the area for everyone to enjoy.
He said: “Achieving a balance that meets the needs of graziers, tourism providers and landowners, while at the same time protecting the landscape for future generations can only be done through collaboration.
The winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony at the Principality Stadium on 28 November.
To vote for the Black Mountains Land Use Partnership – Mountain and Moorland Ambassadors please head to http://www.sustainableacademy.wales/sustainable-education-or-training-2019/
The Black Mountains Land Use Partnership is currently delivering a £1m Sustainable Management Scheme (SMS) project. This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.