Wales improves in 17 of its 44 sustainable development indicators

New figures have shown Wales has improved in 17 of the 44 areas measured by sustainable development indicators, such as recycling rates and biodiversity.

22 of the indicators has shown little or no change.

For the first time, the sustainable development figures also include measurement of the well being of people in Wales, which the Assembly Government committed to measuring in its 2009 Sustainable Development scheme.

Environment Minister Jane Davidson said: "The figures show improvements in key areas such as air quality, recycling rates, biodiversity and river quality."

"They also indicate that many of us are still walking and cycling regularly and making good use of public transport. All of this is great news for the environment and great news for the people of Wales."

Further information:
Welsh Assembly Government