UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch
The south-western part of the canton of Lucerne is significantly characterised by the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch. In the world-wide network of around 700 biosphere reserves, Entlebuch represents the pre-alpine moor and karst landscape and is rated today as the UNESCO model region. Entlebuch is the first biosphere reserve in the world that emerged from a local referendum. In 2000, the people in Entlebuch approved the Biosphere concept with a sensational result of 94% of positive votes. Entlebuch is the forerunner of the Swiss Parks.
More than a quarter of the area of the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch is covered with moor landscapes of national importance. Nowhere else in Switzerland is there so much nationally protected moorland in such a confined area as in Entlebuch. The moor region Laubersmad-Salwidili is even on the list of the most significant wetlands in the world (Ramsar convention).
The creative development and marketing of regional products also demonstrates high consciousness for natural and cultural values and the desire for an innovative shaping of the future, besides the wide range of offers in tourism. In the meantime over 520 regional products have been awarded the label «Echt Entlebuch» (meaning «genuine Entlebuch»).