Swiss strategy for the protection of biodiversity (SBS)

The Swiss strategy for the protection of biodiversity (SBS) was approved on 25 April, 2012, by the Bundesrat (Federal Council). It was modeled after the German national strategy for biological diversity ("Nationale Strategie zur biologischen Vielfalt"). The goal of the SBS is the long-term conservation and fostering of biodiversity in Switzerland.

The foundations of the strategy and its measures were outlined in an action plan and in cooperation between the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and cantons, congregations, organisations and experts. The measures aim at a reduction of harmful uses of biodiversity, the support of endangered species, and the sensitisation for biodiversity until 2025. The building and maintenance of protection and interlinking areas until 2040 is mentioned as a further measure. The concept of the action plan on Swiss biodiversity concerns the operating in five superordinate action areas: (1) sustainable use of biodiversity, (2) fostering biodiversity, (3) economic values, (4) generation and distribution of knowledge and (5) international engagement. These are divided into specific fields of action that are defined by concrete measures of implementation. 

Following the approval of first measures by the Federal Council in 2016, an action plan with more than 70 measures furthering the protection and development of biodiversity shall be submitted for a vote this year.

Portal providing information about the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan of the Swiss Confederation. Swiss Information System Biodiversity (SIB): Online Version

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