Landscape Award


Revitalised River Aire entered for Landscape Award of the Council of Europe

31.01.2019 – Switzerland has chosen the revitalisation of the River Aire as its entry for the Landscape Award of the Council of Europe. It is the first time the country has taken part in the competition. As a result of the project, the Aire is now not only a valuable habitat for plants and animals and a popular recreational space but also – thanks to the preservation of the old man-made channel – a place of cultural history.


Urban Sprawl

Urban Sprawl in Europe

There is growing evidence that urban sprawl is having an increasingly negative effect on the environment and on the quality of life across Europe. Existing actions to prevent, contain or control such development have had limited results. Better targeted measures are necessary. That is the main conclusion of a joint report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)

Swiss Parks


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Experience true nature, listen to fascinating stories, taste regional delicacies and chat with the inhabitants.  

At a glance

Shaping landscape change

Swiss landscapes are diverse and attractive. To keep them that way, landscape quality must be a part of all spatially relevant decision-making processes

Mire landscapes

Mire landscapes are some of the most valuable areas. 89 mire landscapes are of national importance and fully protected by the Swiss Federal Constitution.

Landscapes and natural monuments (LNM)

The federal inventory of landscapes and natural monuments (ILNM) designates the most valuable landscapes in Switzerland. They document the visible spatial diversity of Switzerland. Landscapes and natural monuments (LNM)

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