Switzerland supports the development of an ambitious global framework for the protection of the biodiversity

30.09.2020 – Simonetta Sommaruga, President of the Swiss Confederation, at the UN Summit on Biodiversity, underlined the fact that beside global warming the extinction of species is another serious threat for the international community. The habitat for plants and animals and therefore also the livelihood of all humans can only be sustained if we shift towards sustainable production and consumption.

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3/2020 Landschaften

The landscape is important in Swiss society. Switzerland has developed an ambitious landscape policythat strives to put the focus on landscape quality throughout the entire country. This policy is distinctivein that it is cross-cutting and coherent across different policy areas and political levels.

Financial education

Sustainability in financial education and training in Switzerland

Systematic consideration of environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities is of increasing importance for financial services providers. Sustainability integration in financial education and training is still in its infancy. In collaboration with Swiss Sustainable Finance, the FOEN wants to seize this opportunity and ensure, in dialogue with the players, that sustainable finance becomes an integral part of financial education.


Teller mit Kunststoffabfall

Plastics in the environment

14.05.2020 – Plastics do not belong in the environment, nevertheless around 14,000 tonnes end up in Switzerland’s soil and waters every year.

Since it only degrade very slowly and accumulate in the environment, the amount of plastics must be reduced as far as possible in accordance with the precautionary principle.


Planetary boundaries

Is Europe living within the limits of our planet?

This report of the European Environment Agency EEA and the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN assesses selected environmental footprints for Europe based on the concept of planetary boundaries. It explores various approaches for allocating global limits to the European level.



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