Invasive species

Invasive alien species in Switzerland

This publication provides an inventory of the alien species that have become established in Switzerland, including those which may be detrimental (i.e. invasive alien species). In addition to outlining the regions of origin and introduction pathways, it shows how their numbers have evolved over time. A total of some 1300 established alien species are known, of which 197 species are considered invasive.

First IPBES report on global biodiversity

IPBES publishes first global assessment of biodiversity

Biodiversity is our very basis of life. The IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services sheds light on the significant loss of species and plant diversity over the past 50 years.

The most important recommendations of the report


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.

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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