Many of Wales' most spectacular landscapes are found within Wales' three National Parks and five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). In total these areas cover a quarter of Wales and they contribute to national sustainability.
Landscapes are the product of natural forces acting on them and the hand of humans living off them. Through agriculture people have left their mark and in return landscapes have shaped the culture and heritage of Wales. The sustainable management of landscapes will ensure that future generations are able to enjoy and benefit from a similar relationship.
The protected areas of Wales are breathing spaces that provide millions of people with the room to experience enjoy and benefit from the natural environment. Large numbers of users - residents and visitors - create challenges but they also provide opportunities to increase and enhance awareness, understanding and appreciation of our protected areas.