Soil Section

The section

  • deals with the protection of the soil against pollutants and physical and biological damage such as erosion and compacting;
  • surveys the status of the soil through the "National Soil Monitoring Network" (NABO);
  • assists the cantons in the implementation of the Soil Pollution Ordinance;
  • informs the public and the people who make use of the soil about the requirements of soil protection
  • is responsible for the environmentally sound use of fertilisers and pesticides and for the reduction of the chemical pollution of the soil;
  • defends the needs of soil protection in agricultural policy and spatial planning.



Gudrun Schwilch

Gudrun Schwilch
Position: head of section
Responsibilities: planification and management
Tel.: +41 58 467 80 02

Fabio Wegmann
Position: deputy head of section
Tasks: soil monitoring, soil data, soil indicators, soil mapping
Tel.: +41 58 462 93 46

Alice Badin
Soil protection against chemical pollution
Tel: +41 58 482 02 61

Elena Havlicek
Tasks: soil protection for projects subject to an EIA, soil biology, soil biodiversity
Tel.: +41 58 465 14 97

Corsin Lang
Tasks: physical soil protection on construction sites and in agriculture and forestry, construction supervision as relevant to soil
Tel.: +41 58 462 68 67

Ruedi Stähli
Tasks: Soil strategy, inter-departmental group on crop rotation areas, structural and sectoral plans (soil)
Tel.: +41 58 464 71 57

Magali Lebrun
Use of fertilizers and plant protection products (PPP), authorization and certification of PPP use, soil protection in agriculture.
Tel.: +41 58 46 418 51

Last modification 05.03.2020

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Federal Office for the Environment FOEN
Soil and Biotechnology Division

Postal address:
CH-3003 Bern

Location of our offices:
Monbijoustrasse 40, 3003 Bern

Tel.: +41 58 462 93 49

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