The Natural Park Network of Diputació de Barcelona is made up of twelve natural areas that are managed directly or in collaboration with the town councils, through consortia. Both Diputació de Barcelona and the Town Councils have decidedly opted for a management in agreement with civil society. This is why all the areas have their corresponding consultant councils, made up of representatives of the diverse areas that have some kind of relationship with the parks. These twelve parks are of first-class strategic importance to guarantee a suitable territorial and environmental balance within the geographical area of Barcelona, Together, they cover a total protected surface area of 100,625 Ha divided between 99 municipalities. Two thirds of the population of Catalonia live in their territory or area of influence.
The main objective of the Natural Park Network is to guarantee, in each of the areas, the preservation of natural and landscape values, sustainable socio-economic development and an organised public use. Coinciding with the first of these three objectives, the Natural Park Network promotes the territorial connection of the parks it manages with the surrounding areas. To guarantee the biodiversity of the territory. In addition, it develops other related functions, such as the preservation of the natural and architectural heritage, carrying out research, designing geographical information systems, preventing fires, maintaining paths, creating pedagogical programmes and many others.
As far as the socio-economic development of the areas is concerned, the Natural Park Network supports and offers technical guidance to activities in agriculture, stockbreeding, forestry or sustainable tourism, that guarantee the preservation and maintenance of the reality of the existing landscape, architecture and culture, which in addition influences the improvement of the quality of life of the population linked to the parks for residential or professional reasons.