With national park status and as home to a quarter of the UK's rarest species, the Broads needs careful management to protect it for future generations.
The Broads Authority has the important job of looking after the Broads and the interests of the people who live, work and visit here. We have two purposes identical to the other national park family members relating to conservation and promoting people's understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the area. We also have a third purpose to look after the waterways and protect the interests of navigation.
We are the local planning authority, and a harbour and navigation authority.
The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is Britain's largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway, with the status of a national park. It's also home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the UK. The Broads Authority was set up in 1989, with responsibility for conservation, planning, recreation and waterways.