The Broads Authority was set up by a special Act of Parliament in 1988 to look after the area and help people enjoy its special qualities. The Authority’s core purposes are:
We strive to manage the Broads in a sustainable way, working with other organisations and local people. One of our key priorities is to help the Broads adapt to the effects of climate change and sea level rise. We also carry out all our work with due regard to the needs of agriculture and forestry, and the economic and social interests of those who live and work here.
Our duties are similar to those of Britain's national parks. By creating a Special Statutory Authority the Government recognised that the Broads needed the same level of protection as the national parks of England and Wales.