Eidgenössische Ethikkommission für die Biotechnologie im Ausserhumanbereich EKAH

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Swiss InformationSystem Biodiversity

About the Swiss Information System Biodiversity (SIB)

The Swiss Information System Biodiversity (SIB) is Switzerland's contribution to the global network of Clearing-House Mechanisms (CHM) under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

The Federal Council adopts Biodiversity Action Plan

The Biodiversity Action Plan includes 26 measures focusing on the objectives of the Swiss Biodiversity Strategy. They can be divided into three areas:

1. Measures related to the direct development of biodiversity

2. Measures related to the indirect development of biodiversity

3. Measures related to knowledge transfer and awareness raising

Under the Biodiversity Action Plan, 19 pilot projects will be implemented in areas of environmental protection requiring particularly urgent action.

The Biodiversity Action Plan is implemented jointly by the Confederation, cantons and third parties. In 2022, an impact assessment of the first phase of implementation will show what further steps are needed to conserve and enhance biodiversity. To finance the Biodiversity Action Plan, the federal government will invest up to CHF 80 million per year for the period 2017-2023. 

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Online Forum on Synthetic Biology

Current and Upcoming Discussions

Topic 1ico_extern: Reviewing recent technological developments within the field of synthetic biology to assess if the developments could lead to impacts on biodiversity and the three objectives of the Convention, including unexpected and significant impacts. 3-17 July 2017

Topic 2ico_extern: Further analysis of evidence of benefits and adverse effects of organisms, components and products of synthetic biology vis-à-vis the three objectives of the Convention. 17-31 July 2017

Topic 3ico_extern: Identifying any living organisms already developed or currently under research and development through techniques of synthetic biology which do not fall under the definition of living modified organisms under the Cartagena Protocol. 4-18 September 2017

Topic 4: Gathering information on risk management measures, safe use and best practices for safe handling of organisms, components and products of synthetic biology. 18 September-2 October 2017

Nagoya Protocol

The Nagoya Ordinance came into force on 1 February 2016. Further information ...





National data centers on species in Switzerland

Global Biodiversity Information Facility

 Swiss Biodiversity Forum

Biodiversity Monitoring Switzerland BDM-CH

Swiss Platform for RIO+20

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