How big should the area in Switzerland be, and which habitat quality and spatial arrangement are needed to preserve biodiversity and ecosystem services in the long-term, from an ecological point of view?
These questions were raised in the context of the Swiss Biodiversity Strategy, which aims to establish a green infrastructure of protected areas and connectivity areas until 2020, in order to better preserve biodiversity in Switzerland.
Answers are given by a new study of the Swiss Biodiversity Forum of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) , based upon an extensive literature review and a habitat-specific survey among more than 200 biodiversity experts.
A synthesis of the project report «Flächenbedarf für die Erhaltung der Biodiversität und der Ökosystemleistungen in der Schweiz» is available in german or french:
Authors: Jodok Guntern, Dr Thibault Lachat, Dr Daniela Pauli, Prof. Dr Markus Fischer, Swiss Biodiversity Forum