What are protected areas?

The Lithuanian system of protected areas covers protection of the natural and cultural heritage.

Lithuania has a system of protected areas substantiated by scientific research. It is characterized by variety, representativeness, complexity, sufficiency, evenness, coherence, and flexibility and allows establishing the protected areas (of national and international importance) to preserve all the values. It is possible to establish protected areas of different categories and types that would comply with all the directions of protection of landscape and biodiversity, and that would represent landscape and biodiversity of all the regions, as well as their unique complexes. This system may be developed logically and creatively in consideration to new needs.

The system of protected areas consists of: