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Synthesis: Area requirements for the conservation of biodiversity in Switzerland

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?

Flächenbedarf für die Erhaltung der Biodiversität in der Schweiz (Kurzversion)

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, Prof. Dr Thibault Lachat, Prof. Dr Markus Fischer, Swiss Biodiversity Forum
Pages: 8


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