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Switzerland’s wildareas are a cornerstone of this alpine country’s national identity. Beginning in the early 20th century, Swiss conservationists labored to establish some of the best protected nature reserves in the world. Today these are useful scientific baselines for learning about how nature functions when unperturbed by human activity.


Switzerland's Ecology

Though the percentage of formal protections are quite low, nature could still reach half in much of Switzerland. Many alpine landscapes remain in their natural, wild state. Switzerland’s continued focus on natural protections helps reign in unnecessary human settlements, building out initiatives that increase city density and protecting natural resources. Addressing the “human half” of the equation is a necessary part of the Nature Needs Half movement, and Switzerland is an exemplary case study in strategies and solutions that help protect wild landscapes.

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.

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Matterhorn glacier, Switzerland. Photo by Joshua Fuller.
The Swiss National Park

A strict nature reserve, this 174 square kilometer region prioritizes natural processes above all else, protecting nature in a pristine state.

Meadow in Switzerland. Photo by Johannes Plenio.
Aargau Jura Park

Mixed use landscapes can still comprise a hefty portion of wildness, supporting ample biodiversity. Aargau Jura consists of meadows, rocky steppes, forests, meadows, and orchards.

Switzerland Allondon

A tributary of the Rhone, the course of the Allondon river supports the only known population of a rare insect, and holds great cultural value for the Swiss people.

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