Biodiversity in Switzerland

New publication «Biodiversity in Switzerland»

Biodiversity in Switzerland is in an unacceptable state. Although species numbers in the last 15 years have remained steady, the quality and area of valuable habitats such as dry meadows and raised bogs continue to decline. Populations of typical species are suffering additional losses. 36 percent of the surveyed plant, animal and fungus species are assessed as "threatened", which is significantly more than in most EU countries.

At a glance


Biodiversity Action Plan

The Swiss Biodiversity Strategy and its related action plan are aimed at leaving future generations with rich biodiversity.

State of biodiversity

More than one-third of all surveyed species and nearly half of all habitat types are threatened. Losses are primarily due to intensive land use.

Species conservation

We want to conserve Switzerland’s unique species diversity forever. The “species conservation” concept describes the ways in which we can all reach this goal together.

Invasive species

Invasive species pose a threat to biodiversity, humans and the environment, which is why the Confederation regulates their management and coordinates containment and removal measures.

Wildlife and hunting

For the purpose of enforcing Swiss hunting legislation, the FOEN works with the cantons to conserve native wild mammals and birds as well as their habitats.

Water habitats and fishing

An intact network of bodies of water is of key importance for biodiversity. Therefore, the Confederation regulates the protection and use of fish populations and water habitats.

Ecological infrastructure

By 2040, ecologically valuable areas in Switzerland should be interconnected so that exchanges within a species are ensured, migrating animals can overcome barriers and ecological services are conserved over the long term for the benefit of our society.

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