Conservation is a broad field – in which various stakeholders interact and many precautions are necessary. Thus, besides the National Park, other types of reserves are of significance for Saxon Switzerland.

  • Natura 2000
  • Local natural monuments and
  • Local nature reserves

Distinctions of existing categories for regional protected areas are provided below. Other categories and accurate information – also on nationwide conservation areas – can be accessed on the pages of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).

National Parks

National parks (§ 24 Federal Nature Conservation Act) are large-scale
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landscapes of national importance that are in a predominant part of their territory non or little anthropogenically affected or are likely to develop or be developed into such a state. Free of land use and guiding human measures the natural environment shall develop according to its own rules. National parks contribute to the integrity of creation and natural biodiversity and provide refuge for wild   plants and animals.

Nature Reserves

Nature reserves (§ 23 Federal Nature Conservation Act) serve especially the preservation, development and restoration of habitats and the associated wild fauna and flora. Any destruction, alteration  or impairment within them is excluded. Use is only permitted if it   does not conflict with the protective purpose.

Landscape Conservation Areas

Landscape conservation areas (§ 26 Federal Nature Conservation Act) fulfill the purpose of conservation, development or restoration  of performance and functioning abilities of ecosystems. In general, these are large areas that additionally serve recreational purposes for people.

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