National scenic area

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A national scenic area (NSA) is a conservation designation used in several countries.



National scenic areas in Taiwan are:

United Kingdom[edit]

Loch Lomond, one of Scotlands 40 NSAs

In Scotland national scenic areas (NSAs) are defined as areas having outstanding scenic interest or unsurpassed attractiveness. They are administered by Scottish Natural Heritage. There are 40 designated NSAs in Scotland, covering 13% of the country's land area.[1]

The primary purpose of the NSA designations is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the landscape, in a similar way to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) designation used elsewhere in the UK. AONBs were created under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949, which applies to England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This act allows areas of countryside with significant landscape value in each of the three nations to be designated by their respective governments.

United States[edit]

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  1. ^ "National Scenic Areas - Scottish Natural Heritage". Archived from the original on 2017-03-11. Retrieved 2016-04-19.