Linking Landscape Protection and Nature Conservation: Switzerland’s Experience with Protected Mire Landscapes

Hammer, Thomas; Leng, Marion (2015). Linking Landscape Protection and Nature Conservation: Switzerland’s Experience with Protected Mire Landscapes. In: Gambino, Roberto; Peano, Attilia (eds.) Nature Policies and Landscape Policies: Towards an Alliance. Urban and Landscape Perspectives: Vol. 18 (pp. 173-179). Springer 10.1007/978-3-319-05410-0_19

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Since 1987, Switzerland’s Federal Inventory of Mire Landscapes of Particular Beauty and National Importance has provided an instrument for the integration of nature conservation and landscape protection. Mires and mire landscape protection are strictly regulated. However, research results show that neither the goals of mire protection nor those of mire landscape protection are being achieved. The reasons for this are manifold and, in particular, have to do with a lack of coordination between the various policy areas that shape mire environments and mire landscapes. There are several key challenges involving different political and administrative levels. At the national level, mechanisms must be devised that enable differentiated regional implementation of national sectoral policies. In the context of cantonal structure planning, regional nature conservation and landscape protection priorities should be established based on existing regional potentials vis-à-vis the natural environment and landscapes (including protected biotopes and landscapes). At the regional level (spanning multiple communes), integrated planning instruments and governance structures should be developed so that implementation of national and cantonal sectoral policies may be harmonized under the umbrella of regional and integrated development plans. These adjustments to Switzerland’s institutional system are necessary to enable far-reaching integration of nature conservation and landscape protection when setting regional policy priorities. This would strengthen the protection of mire landscapes and other integrative instruments such as regional nature parks of national importance.

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10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

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Hammer, Thomas and Leng, Marion




Urban and Landscape Perspectives






Stephan Schmidt

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10 Apr 2015 13:59

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