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Economic and social research on Swiss parks and other measures of nature conversation.


Protection of species, habitats and landscapes

The Swiss Nature Conservancy implements measures to conserve species, habitats and landscapes. These measures often have several societal and economic implications, such as associated costs or changes in the value of a landscape. We analyse costs and benefits.

The acceptance of conservation measures varies in different parts of the Swiss society. People in rural areas are often affected by restrictions related to conservation measures and, thus, do not support them. On the other hand, people living in urban and peri-urban areas call for the protection of natural resources. We analyse the resulting conflicts and show ways to resolve them.

Regional nature parks

Due to a revision of the Swiss law for nature conservation (Natur- und Heimatschutzgesetz), a new instrument called regional nature park has been created. Compared to national parks, this instrument does not only focus on nature conservation, but also on regional development. It aims to protect and enhance natural habitats and beautiful landscapes, foster tourism and sustainable regional development and enable society to experience nature.