Switzerland has learned from the natural disasters of the past and has developed an integrated risk management approach that reduces the risks to an acceptable level. Our response to natural hazards is of a high standard and is recognised internationally.
The report (PDF, 2 MB, 09.06.2020) provides a structured overview of the most important technical studies on climate change and natural hazards in Switzerland of the last 10 years. Based on this compilation, initial recommendations for the future management of gravitational natural hazards were derived.
As an Alpine country, Switzerland has a long tradition of avalanche protection. This tradition has recently been added to UNESCO's Intangible World Cultural Heritage List. What is the FOEN’s role in managing avalanches as a natural hazard and what does it do to help keep people safe? Vice-Director Paul Steffen has the answers.
This guideline explains the management of landslides, hillslope debris flows and rockfall processes. These natural hazards are identified and evaluated using state-of-the-art methods. The criteria of probability of occurrence and intensity are determined for the compilation of hazard maps.
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