It is hoped the partnership will bring about “much-needed restoration” for Welsh rivers.
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Afonydd Cymru, the organisation which oversees the country’s six Rivers Trusts, which will see two collaborate to improve river catchments, fisheries and ecology.
The MoU will focus on safeguarding Welsh rivers by protecting wildlife and habitats, improving ecological status and reducing the impact of climate change through environmental improvements. The organisations hope to achieve this by pooling their expertise and knowledge, encouraging best practice, and developing educational programmes.
Stephen Marsh-Smith, chief executive of Afonydd Cymru said: "The rivers of Wales, their fisheries and wildlife are in urgent need of restoration and protection. This cannot be achieved solely by one group and we hope this new understanding heralds a turning point."
According to Afonydd Cymru, Wales contains over 30 rivers, eight of which are classed as Special Areas of Conservation.