The Broads Authority is a statutory body with a duty to manage the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads, a unique wetland with 200km of navigable waterways in the UK.
The Authority has three core purposes:
* conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Broads
* promoting opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the Broads by the public
* protecting the interests of navigation
It must also consider the needs of agriculture and forestry, and the economic and social interests of those who live and work in the Broads.
The Authority was set up by an Act of Parliament called the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act 1988. It has 21 members appointed from local councils and by the Secretary of State for the Environment and navigation interests. They make decisions and consult on the management of the Broads at six members' meetings a year. A Broads Forum, with members representing a wide range of interested parties, is consulted on key issues.