John Griffiths, the Minister for Environment and Sustainability was in attendance.
He stated that delivery is at the heart of the Welsh Programme for Government and there is a clear commitment to increase and improve access for everyone, a particular group which would need to be targeted was families with young children.
The Welsh Government would be introducing duties to increase the facilities available for walking and cycling, and the Wales Coast Path would be opened on 5th May 2012.
As well as the opportunities, for example in National Parks and on National Trails, quality doorstep opportunities within the urban environment were also needed to make the difference.
With regard to the general network of public rights of way, the Minister said that he was hoping to secure funding for ROWIP implementation next year at the same level as this year.
He was looking forward to working with all the Forum members to increase participation in responsible recreation in Wales and emphasised the opportunity that responsible outdoor recreation had to bring benefits to individuals, communities, businesses and society in general.
The Minister indicated that he took a rounded view to access provision including horse riding and pony trekking. The Minister acknowledged the point that the Welsh Government and local authorities have to address riding in the Welsh outdoors.