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Geneva Green Guide

Swiss Federal Office for the Environment

Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) CH-3003 Bern

Tel: 
(+41 58) 462 93 11
Fax: 
(+41 58) 462 99 81
Contact: 

Media Office FOEN, Tel: (+41 58) 462 90 00, Email: info@bafu.admin.ch

Description

The FOEN, which is part of the Swiss Department of the Environment, Trans- port, Energy and Communication, is the official Swiss body in charge of environmental policy at the national and international levels. It is responsible for ensuring that natural resources are used sustainably, that the public is protected against natural hazards, and that the environment is protected from adverse impacts.

Organization: 
National and local government
Established: 
1971 (name changed in 2006)
Staff: 
492
Chief/Director: 
Director: Marc Chardonnens. He's responsible for the International Affairs Division and the Communication Division.
Activities: 

The Office manages Switzerland’s environmental issues in collaboration with agencies at the federal, cantonal and communal levels. Its international affairs division is responsible for Switzerland’s international environmental policy. The Office also draws on private and public associations active in the environmental field and collaborates closely with the private sector. Its portfolio includes climate change, air pollution and electromagnetic non-ionising radiation, soil protection, contaminated land, biotechnology, waste management, noise abatement, water protection, energy efficiency, fisheries, forests and the security of installations (excluding nuclear plants).

The Office also handles issues in the fields of law, economics and research that have implications for the environment.

Cooperation: 

with UNEP and other UN and international bodies, the secretariats of the Environmental Conventions, the Global Environment Facility and foreign environment ministries.

Publications: 

The quarterly magazine ENVIRONMENT (in German and French) and publications in the following series: Environment in practice; Environmental studies; State of the environment. See the website.

Keywords: 
protected areas
disasters
wildlife
ozone
mountains
technology
biotechnology
trade & environment
law
standards
freshwater
wetlands
economic instruments
chemicals
biological diversity
hazardous waste
forests
waste