Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas

Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas

What is soil biodiversity? How does it vary in space and time? What does it provide to society? What are the main threats to soil biodiversity? What can we do to preserve it? The first ever Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas uses informative texts, stunning photographs and striking maps to answer and explain these and other questions.

World Soil Day

The hidden functions of Alpine soils

For World Soil Day on 5 December 2016, the FOEN and its partner are presenting nine short films. They feature experts from Austria, France and Switzerland who explain the hidden functions of Alpine soils: In fact, forest soils nourish valuable protected forests and thus help protect settlements in the Alpine region against landslides and  rockfalls.

At a glance


State of Swiss soil

Together with the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG), the FOEN operates a national soil pollution monitoring network (NABO).

Soil protection measures

The precautionary principle has absolute priority in soil protection.

Soil and its functions

Soil is a limited, ecologically and economically valuable non-renewable resource.

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