Brief Overview of Swansea Environmental Forum

Swansea Environmental Forum is an association of organisations and individuals working together to initiate, develop and co-ordinate environmental action in Swansea.

Set-up in 1985, SEF is a fully constituted voluntary group with membership open to any individuals and organisations that support its aims and are interested in furthering its work.

The Forum recognises that the protection and enhancement of the environment is best achieved by working together in the context of sustainability. The principles of sustainable development are at the heart of the Forum’s work.

In Spring 2004, the Forum became the lead partner for all aspects of the natural and built environment for Swansea’s community plan (now Swansea’s integrated plan: One Swansea). In this plan, sustainability is a cross-cutting theme and the environment is one of the main themes. SEF plays a role in championing and supporting these aspects.

Brief History of Swansea Environmental Forum

SEF has initiated and co-ordinated many successful projects including:

  • In the late 80s and early 90s, SEF organised conferences and workshops on urban greening, countryside access, Agenda 21 issues; compiled a directory of local projects to illustrate sustainability concepts and a directory of environmental volunteering; and set-up a community recycling scheme, an urban wildlife action group, and a broad environmental network.
  • In 1995, SEF set up the Environment Centre – a unique focal point and resource base for environmental information, education and activity in the region.
  • In 2004, SEF initiated Sustainable Swansea, a community-focused initiative to raise awareness and increase action towards a sustainable future. This included several projects such as the production of several Green Maps, a prestigious awards scheme and a trail of local exemplars of sustainability.
  • In 2006, SEF published Swansea’s Environment Strategy and has subsequently undertaken regular reviews and published biennial progress reports and action plans.
  • In 2010, SEF initiated the Low Carbon Swansea Bay project and network and in 2012 was instrumental is setting-up the Clear Streams Swansea project.
  • In 2015, SEF undertook community consultations on natural resource management as part of the Tawe Trial. This included organising the Smart Nature website and conference.

To find out about current projects, please click HERE.

Our annual reports are available to download:

Year 2013-2014 HERE

Year 2012-2013 HERE

Year 2011-2012 HERE

Year 2010-2011 HERE

Year 2009-2010 HERE

Year 2008-2009 HERE

Year 2007-2008 HERE