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Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8ER, UK.
phone: 01654 703965
e-mail: info@ecodyfi.org.uk

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press release08/12/2011

Regeneration group full of energy

The Dyfi Valley’s development organisation will discuss its activities and plans at its annual meeting, to be held on Thursday 15th December at Derwenlas Village Hall.

The meeting will hear that ecodyfi’s finances are healthy at the moment, due to two pieces of work being carried out for the Severn Wye Energy Agency. One supports community groups throughout Ceredigion and southern Gwynedd who are interested in earning money for their communities. The project is called Ynni’r Fro – renewable energy at community scale.

The second project supports small businesses and social enterprises in Ceredigion who want to reduce their energy bills and start to make money from renewable energy (at any scale). “Ynni i Ffynnu – renewable energy for business growth” offers free energy surveys to eligible businesses.

Ecodyfi is delivering a third project in Ceredigion, but this one involves only Aberystwyth and further north. It supports tourism interests who see opportunities to grow their business by collaborating with others in the context of the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere. As with Ynni i Ffynnu, this ‘sustainable tourism’ project is funded through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Union.

Ecodyfi’s role in the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere initiative will be the subject of the open discussion that will follow the formal business of the non-profit company and a bowl of seasonal ‘cawl’, based on locally sourced ingredients. Ecodyfi often acts as agent for the numerous Biosphere partners, under a recent agreement with the Dyfi Biosphere Partnership. This is expected to bear further fruit soon, in the shape of a new member of staff, due to be recruited to progress several community and tourism proposals.

The AGM will be open to all and will start at 7pm. Ecodyfi’s Co-Chair, Allan Wynne Jones, said, “Exploring how our local economy can benefit from looking after those precious cultural and environmental resources that we all depend on is increasingly important. I look forward to hearing people’s ideas about this, and also would welcome further nominations to join the Board.”

Further information:

Andy Rowland, ecodyfi Manager: 01654 703965

See the Board’s annual report for 2010/11 here

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Notes to editors:

Ecodyfi is the community regeneration group for the Dyfi Valley. It pays particular attention to strengthening the local economy through careful stewardship of natural and cultural resources. It is managed by a Board of 17 local people and is supported through commercial contracts or grants, sometimes from the Welsh Government, Tourism Partnership Mid Wales or local authorities.


UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

A Biosphere Reserve is an area in which people work to balance the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use. They are recognised within the framework of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme of UNESCO.

UNESCO "Man and Biosphere Programme"