Afonydd Cymru was formed in 2008 as an umbrella organisation to represent member Rivers Trusts across Wales. Afonydd Cymru received charitable status on the 30th January 2012.
There are eight rivers classed as Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), as are four lakes (Llyns) and four estuaries. However, none of these designations do justice to their sheer beauty. Their value as suppliers of services and benefits such as a clean and abundant supply of drinking water, hydropower, and even disposal of waste (within practical limits) is huge. Additionally, angling and associated tourism brings in visitors and much needed employment and revenue to the rural economy. This is estimated to be worth £150million each year.