Nature parks in Switzerland

Switzerland has eighteen official natural parks (and three candidate parks) classified in three categories (national parks, regional nature parks and nature experience parks).[1]

Categories

The three categories of natural "parks of national importance" established by the Federal Act on the Protection of Nature and Cultural Heritage (section 3b) are national parks, regional nature parks and nature experience parks.[2]

National parks and nature experience parks have very strict protected areas, something which does not exist in regional nature parks.[3] The latter focus much more on striking a balance in the level of support between nature conservation and the regional economy.

List of nature parks in Switzerland

As of 2016, the eighteen official nature "parks of national importance" in Switzerland are:[1]

Nature reserves

The environmental organisation Pro Natura takes care of about 650 nature reserves of various sizes throughout Switzerland (250 square kilometres).

See also

References

  1. Overview of the Swiss parks, Federal Office for the Environment (page visited on 27 July 2016).
  2. Federal Act on the Protection of Nature and Cultural Heritage, Federal Chancellery of Switzerland (page visited on 27 July 2016).
  3. Swiss park categories, Federal Office for the Environment (page visited on 27 July 2016).
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