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No two parks are alike

There are four different park categories in Switzerland: the Swiss National Park - National Parks of new generation - Regional Nature Parks - Nature Discovery Parks 17 parks are operative and two in the establishment phase.
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Clear goals in mind

Swiss parks have clearly defined goals and visions. They preserve and maintain valuable cultural and natural landscapes. They promote a sustainable regional economy and education for a sustainable development. They raise both their inhabitants and visitors' awareness about the ecological, cultural, historical and economic aspects of the region and support these elements.

Sustainable Development

Swiss parks are model regions for sustainable development. They value ecological, social and economic interests equally and promote sustainable development in their region.

Born thanks to the willingness and commitment of their inhabitants, the parks strengthen regional identity and ties, and provide a rich habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna. They also encourage slow tourism and promote local products thanks to the "Swiss parks" label.

From the idea to the actual park

Great ideas notwithstanding, parks do not emerge overnight. The community's commitment is an absolute prerequisite. First step: a feasibility study identifies a park potential for a particular region. Second step: the strategy and the objectives are defined in a charter. Finally, the inhabitants vote on the project. Should they accept it, the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) grants the Park label to the newly born park.

The charter has a ten-year duration, after which park inhabitants vote again.

Making history

In 1914, the Swiss National Park made history as the first National Park in the Alps. Almost one hundred years later, time was ripe for another historical moment: in 2007, the new Nature and Cultural Heritage Protection Act provided for more parks to be created. Since then, 18 new parks were born or are currently being established.

Current events

18 May
UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch  
Kurs Skizzieren

Skizzierkurs an vier Abenden in der Biosphäre

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19 May
Landschaftspark Binntal
MINIFÜCHSE- Löwenzahn-Wasserleitung

8. Anlass der Minifüchse

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19 May
Peter Keusch
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges
Vögel der Felsensteppe

Ornithologische Exkursion: Vögel der Felsensteppe

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19 May
Wildnispark Zürich Sihlwald
Schau rein...

Tierpräparate aus der Nähe betrachtet

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19 May
Landschaftspark Binntal
Landschaftspark Binntal
Geheimnisvolle Wildtulpe

Wanderung zu den einmaligen Grengjer Tulpen

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19 May
Jurapark Aargau
Begleiteter Abendspaziergang: Ruine Besserstein

Begleiteter Abendspaziergang: Ruine Besserstein

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19 May
Jurapark Aargau
Kräuterwanderung – Essbare Wildpflanzen auf Wald & Wiese

Kräuterwanderung – Essbare Wildpflanzen

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19 May
Jurapark Aargau
Gemeindeseminar am Jurasüdfuss

Gemeindeseminar am Jurasüdfuss

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20 May
Jurapark Aargau
Themenrunde: Hotel Mama ade

Themenrunde: Hotel Mama ade

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