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Ecological infrastructure of the Canton of Bern

HUB BERN | Project LANAT-6

Our goal:

Our aim is to support the safeguarding of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the long term – by means of efficient implementation of a functioning ecological infrastructure.

The structured landscape of Ranflüh: Varied natural and near-natural habitats favor biodiversity. Photo: Hintermann & Weber

In a nutshell:

With its Swiss Biodiversity Strategy and the associated action plan, the Swiss Federal Council seeks to preserve or restore ecosystem services for the long term. Central to this will be the development of a functioning ecological infrastructure by 2040. Ecological infrastructure means a network of natural and near-natural habitats. It consists of core areas (like raised bogs or fens) and connecting corridors (like wildlife bridges or hedgerows).

By 2024, the cantons will lay the foundation for their planned ecological infrastructure. In the canton of Bern, regionalized goals and priority areas will be defined based on the current state of the planned core and connectivity areas. Priority locations indicate where existing core areas and connectivity areas should be maintained or qualitatively enhanced, and where new areas must be established.

Technical planning is carried out in close collaboration with the agencies concerned. Basic spatial data needed to design the canton of Bern’s ecological infrastructure are lacking, particularly with regard to forests and settlements. These data will be generated in the first phase of the project. So far, the method for development of the ecological infrastructure technical plans has been concretized, and the data model has been devised. As soon as the technical plans are ready, the communities, regional stakeholders, and landowners will be brought together to decide on implementation.

City creek of Burgdorf: Near-natural watercourses and their surroundings are used by many animals and plants as “migration routes”, thus connecting the landscape. Photo: Hintermann & Weber


In collaboration with:

Office for Agriculture and Nature of the Canton of Bern


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