Climate change means that trees germinating today will be living in a much-altered climate by the time they reach middle age. The espected changes are likely to hit them hard and threaten key forest functions in the decades ahead. However, appropriate management shall enable to increase the forest habitat's adaptability. This is shown by the results of the Forests and Climate Change research programme conducted by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) since 2009. Appropriate management will increase the forest habitat's adaptability.
A new measurement station for air pollution monitoring has been opened today in Beromünster, Canton Lucerne, the first since 1990. The measurement station is located on the site of the former international radio transmitter and monitors air pollution in the rural area of the Swiss Plateau. Its opening signifies the completion of the national air pollution monitoring network (so called NABEL). Data from the station will also contribute to determining the effectiveness of abatement measures against air pollution.
Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard paid an official working visit to Canada this week, during which she held talks with Transport Minister Marc Garneau, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Innovation Minister Navdeep Singh Bains and Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr, who is also responsible for energy issues. In Montreal and Toronto she held talks with representatives of the respective provincial governments. The head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) and the Prime Minister of Quebec agreed to intensify cooperation in the areas of energy efficiency, building renovation and energy storage. She also used this visit to Canada as an opportunity to visit companies in the energy, cleantech and transport sectors. The objective of the visit was to strengthen cooperation between Switzerland and Canada.
Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard will be paying a working visit to Canada from 2 to 6 October 2016. She will be holding talks on energy and climate policy, as well as on various transport-related issues, with her Canadian counterpart in Ottawa. In addition, the head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) will be visiting Montreal and Toronto in order to get an insight into how efforts in the above areas are progressing in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario.
During a working visit to Beijing, Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard held talks with the vice president and several ministers in the Chinese government for talks on Wednesday and Thursday. Ms Leuthard and Transport Minister Yang Chuantang agreed on closer cooperation to improve road safety. Today in the metropolis of Shenzhen in the south of the country, the vice president of the Federal Council and head of DETEC was briefed on China’s emissions trading scheme.
The “Atlas of Switzerland” and the “Hydrological Atlas of Switzerland” are now available in digital format with 3D visualisations. Their development represents a global innovation on the part of Swiss cartography. The new atlases allow users to combine various spatial data sources and visualise them in a clear, accessible way.
INTERPRAEVENT 2016, the international congress on natural hazards, concluded yesterday in Lucerne with a closing declaration. The congress is one of the most important global events in this area and attracted a record number of participants.
INTERPRAEVENT 2016, the international natural hazards congress, opened today in Lucerne. Over 500 international experts will discuss the latest developments in research and practice over the four-day event. In his opening address, Marc Chardonnens, Director of the FOEN, noted that the issue of natural hazards and protection against them is more important than ever in Switzerland.
Interpraevent 2016, this year‘s international congress on natural hazards, takes place from 30 May to 2 June in Switzerland. The congress is one of the key global events in the field of natural hazards. It will be opened by Marc Chardonnens, Director of the FOEN, and Margareta Wahlström, who was Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) until 2015.
Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard has signed the Paris Climate Agreement on behalf of Switzerland at an official ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Ms Leuthard, head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications DETEC, called the agreement “a solid basis for innovation and new technologies, and so for a low-emission economy”. She wants to see the Agreement implemented as soon as possible.