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Landscape Development


Landscapes are continually changing. These changes occur on a large scale at a slow pace. At WSL we are investigating their causes and the effects they have on humans and the environment. This research provides a sound scientific basis for sustainable landscape development, which aims at (a) protecting landscape quality and (b) fostering the identification of the population with their everyday landscape.

Landscape Research Center WSL

Zentrum Landschaft In spring 2012 WSL established the Landscape Research Center which has the following aims:
  • Disseminate knowledge to stakeholders working in landscape management
  • Act as a link between researchers at WSL and other scientists
  • Promote research and teaching in Landscape Research

In focus

Monitoring the Effectiveness of Habitat Conservation in Switzerland
Habitat Conservation

The project "Monitoring the effectiveness of habitat conservation in Switzerland" has been initiated by the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN to study whether habitats of national importance (dry meadows and pastures, bogs and fens, alluvial zones, amphibian spawning areas) are developing according to conservation targets. For this, a long-term monitoring project is established.

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New publication

Bauer, N.; Mondini, M.; Bernasconi, A. (eds) 2012:
Landscape and Health: Effects, Potential and Strategies. Landschaft und Gesundheit: Wirkung, Potentiale und Strategien. Abstracts. 2nd International Conference, January 24 and 25, 2012.

Birmensdorf, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL. 112 pp.