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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).

Switzerland’s environmental performance review: mixed results


The OECD’s 3rd Environmental Performance Review of Switzerland shows that despite progress, Switzerland still has a very high environmental impact. Further efforts are required particularly in protecting biodiversity and water quality.

Switzerland lags behind other OECD countries in biodiversity conservation. Size, quality and connectivity of protected areas fall short in international comparison. Species diversity is still under heavy pressure from such factors as urban sprawl over the landscape and its fragmentation by infrastructures or heavy ammonia and pesticide pollution from agriculture. For instance, one-third of Switzerland's species and nearly half of its most important habitats are threatened. The OECD recognises Switzerland's efforts to entrench biodiversity in different policy areas. It notes that the Biodiversity Action Plan needs to be implemented immediately and provided with sufficient funding. The planned measures may still not be enough to conserve biodiversity.

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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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Nagoya Protocol


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

 

    




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