Indicator natural hazards

Investments in protection against natural hazards

The figures reflect the Confederation's financial commitment to the prevention of natural hazards which is a task shared by the Confederation and the cantons. The federal authorities support the development of hazard documentation (hazard maps), the construction of protective structures (torrent, avalanche and rockfall barriers), the maintenance of protective forests and preparation of intervention measures. This also includes tasks involving the improvement of the warning and alerting of natural hazards (OWARNA). The total payment authorisations reflect only 1/3 of total expenditure by the federal government and the cantons on investment in protection against natural hazards.

Assessment of the state
good good
Assessment of the trend
positive positive
Protective forest (prevention) 2016: 68.3 Protective forest (prevention) 2015: 59.96 Protective forest (prevention) 2014: 60.1 Protective forest (prevention) 2013: 65 Protective forest (prevention) 2012: 60 Protective forest (prevention) 2011: 59.7 Protective forest (prevention) 2010: 59.7 Protective forest (prevention) 2009: 59.7 Protective forest (prevention) 2008: 57.7 Flood protection structures (prevention), in accordance with the Federal Act on Forests 2016: 36.8 Flood protection structures (prevention), in accordance with the Federal Act on Forests 2015: 35.8 Flood protection structures (prevention), in accordance with the Federal Act on Forests 2014: 36.6 Flood protection structures (prevention), in accordance with the Federal Act on Forests 2013: 41.4 Flood protection structures (prevention), in accordance with the Federal Act on Forests 2012: 46.4 Flood protection structures (prevention), in accordance with the Federal Act on Forests 2011: 45.8 Flood protection structures (prevention), in accordance with the Federal Act on Forests 2010: 46.4 Flood protection structures (prevention), in accordance with the Federal Act on Forests 2009: 46.4 Flood protection structures (prevention), in accordance with the Federal Act on Forests 2008: 40 Flood protection structures (prevention), in accordance with the Federal Act on Hydraulic Engineering 2016: 121.2 Flood protection structures (prevention), in accordance with the Federal Act on Hydraulic Engineering 2015: 88.8 Flood protection structures (prevention), in accordance with the Federal Act on Hydraulic Engineering 2014: 149.4 Flood protection structures (prevention), in accordance with the Federal Act on Hydraulic Engineering 2013: 171.3 Flood protection structures (prevention), in accordance with the Federal Act on Hydraulic Engineering 2012: 167.9 Flood protection structures (prevention), in accordance with the Federal Act on Hydraulic Engineering 2011: 168.6 Flood protection structures (prevention), in accordance with the Federal Act on Hydraulic Engineering 2010: 165 Flood protection structures (prevention), in accordance with the Federal Act on Hydraulic Engineering 2009: 144.6 Flood protection structures (prevention), in accordance with the Federal Act on Hydraulic Engineering 2008: 114.2

Data for the graph: Excel
Source: FOEN
Comment

In 2016, a total of CHF 226 million was spent on protection against natural hazards, the majority of which was invested in protective structures built in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Act on Hydraulic Engineering. This sum covers the requirement demonstrated for the cantons, what is viewed as a positive development. The guarantee credits are defined every four years in accordance with the new system of financial equalisation and division of tasks between the Confederation and the cantons. The payment authorisations are released in autumn for the following year.

International comparison

International comparison is not possible because the legal frameworks are very different.

Method

The figures are recorded by the FOEN through a survey of the cantonal budgetary data as part of the ongoing financial and project planning in the cantons and then corroborated. Based on this, the federal government calculates the payment authorisation for flood protection.

The federal government contributes about 1/3 of the total cost of projects.

 
Last updated on: 14.08.2017

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