Cyngor Sir Powys County Council
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Cyngor Sir Powys County Council

Powys County Council (PCC) is a UK Local Authority (NUTS 3) in East Wales (NUTS 2). The county of Powys covers an extensive, largely upland and extremely rural area in Wales (NUTS 1). The total area is about 2,000 square miles (5,181 square kilometres), that is about a quarter of the total area of Wales. The Authority has a population of about 132,000 people and with only 1 person in every 10 acres (4 hectares) it is the most sparsely populated local authority in England and Wales.

The county has tremendous landscape assets: from the mountains of the Brecon Beacons in the south to, centrally, the rolling hills of Radnor Forest and in the north the Berwyn Mountains. It also has some of Britain's most spectacular river valleys - the Severn, Wye and Usk - sweeping through its glorious scenery.

The economy is based on agriculture, tourism and manufacturing, with high self-employment and small businesses predominating but an important contribution to employment opportunities comes from the public sector.

Economic activity within the county is characterised by a high rate of small firms and employment provided by the tourism sector. There are over 3000 tourism businesses in Powys, many of them can serve as an example of sustainable business development, many have developed as farm diversification projects and supplement often fragile farm incomes.


A particular area of interest in the county is the Cambrian Mountains: an area facing challenges at community, economic and environmental levels. The environmental constraints and the economic challenges make it particularly relevant to the B2N project as policy development and implementation requires sensitivity and ‘joined up thinking’


Powys County Council develops and implements business support policies as well as tourism development, environmental and sustainable development policies. PCC works in partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government (the regional government body for Wales), which has responsibilities at national level (Wales) for business support and development and the implementation of UK and European policy and interventions.

Till June 2011 there was one more region participating in the project – Veliko Tarnovo Municipality from Bulgaria.

International Year of Biodiversity 2010


The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.