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Welcome to Biodiversity Monitoring Switzerland!

Switzerland is one of the first countries in the world to monitor its biological diversity. The Federal Office for the environment (FOEN) has launched a programme for this purpose called Biodiversity Monitoring in Switzerland (BDM). n conjunction with the BDM programme, experts contracted by the Federal Government will regularly count animals and plants in numerous predetermined areas in the field.

The concept of BDM

Playing a globally pioneering role, Switzerland is determined to establish BDM as a specific long-term monitoring tool for the country’s biodiversity.
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Special analyses

BDM research is not restricted to indicator work. Its experts also perform intriguing special analyses which are regularly published in well-structured fact sheets.
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The BDM Core Indicators

Last year’s field survey data have been analyzed and results published. For the latest developments and trends regarding species numbers and species communities in Switzerland, please refer to the following indicators:
> Z7: Species Diversity in Landscapes
> Z8: Population Size of Common Species
> Z9: Species Diversity in Habitats
> Z12: Diversity of Species Communities


Latest update: M5

Between 1993 and 2012, areas farmed organically expanded from just under 19’000 to around 119’000 hectares, which corresponds to roughly 11% of Switzerland’s total agricultural area.
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