Over the years, SEF has developed several innovative projects including the establishment of the successful Environment Centre and the production of Swansea’s first Environment Strategy.

For more on the Environment Centre, visit their separate website HERE.

For more on the Swansea Environment Strategy, see HERE.

Below are examples of our current and recent community engagement projects:

Low Carbon Swansea BaySwansea Community Green Spaces Project
Low Carbon Swansea Bay was established in 2010 as a network of organisations seeking to reduce their carbon emissions and energy costs through sharing knowledge and collaboration. The project was initially developed by SEF with funding from the EU and Environment Agency Wales but is now funded through membership subscriptions. The Clear Streams initiative was concSwansea Community Green Spaces Project was established in 2013 as part of the Big Lottery Community Voices Programme and provides practical advice and support to enable communities have greater involvement in the management and use of local green spaces.
Sustainable SwanseaClear Streams
Sustainable Swansea was established in 2004 aiming to make Swansea a more sustainable place to live, work and visit. The project produced a suite of community Green Maps, brought exhibitions like Earth From The Air to Swansea and helped highlight local achievements through the Swansea Sustainability Trail and the Sustainable Swansea Awards. Funding for the initiative ended in 2018/19.The Clear Streams initiative was concerned with all things water-related in Swansea and promoted a healthier and cleaner aquatic environment. This included providing advice on how to reduce our impact on water resources and helping organisations and individuals to find out about and enjoy the natural wonders of water in and around Swansea. The project was funded through grants from Welsh Water and Natural Resources Wales and delivered in partnership with the local wildlife trust.

The BIG Issues

In 2008, SEF identified five BIG Issues as part of its work with Better Swansea Partnership. These were chosen as specific local issues requiring a partnership approach with the broad support of different sectors and agencies. Working groups and partnership projects were established to address each of these issues. Subsequently, through our Environment Strategy reviews, we also identified that the built heritage in Swansea needed greater focus.

The Big Issues were:

WATER QUALITY IN SWANSEA BAY – this was addressed through the Clear Streams project (see above) and work undertaken by Natural Resources Wales, Swansea Council and others.

IMPROVING AIR QUALITY – this was previously being tackled by an Air Quality Task Group.

BIODIVERSITY – currently being addressed by Swansea Local Nature Partnership.

CARBON MANAGEMENT AND ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE – currently being addressed through the Low Carbon Swansea Bay initiative (see above).

An additional priority was agreed following a strategy review in 2010:

BUILT HERITAGE – the Swansea Built Heritage Group was been set up to address this – more information available HERE.

If you would like to learn more about our project work or find out about working with us on any of these issues, please email: info@swanseaenvironmentalforum.net