Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act 1988

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The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act 1988 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which created the Broads Authority.[1] It is the framework for the creation of Broads, an area qualifying for special conservation on account of its ecological value and giving the Broads equivalent status and funding to the national parks of England and Wales.[2]

The first ten British national parks were designated as such in the 1950s under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 in mostly poor-quality agricultural upland and designations subsequent to the Broads are also under the auspices of the 1949 Act. The Broads required separate legislation to give special consideration to the needs of navigation. The Act requires the Broads Authority to take account of the area's national importance and the need to protect it. It must promote public enjoyment, preserve natural amenity and maintain, improve and develop the navigation area.

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  1. ^ Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act 1988
  2. ^ Clare Shine, Cyrille De Klemm, Wetlands, Water, and the Law: Using Law to Advance Wetland Conservation and Wise Use, Volume 910, p138, (IUCN, 1999), ISBN 2831704782, 9782831704784