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  • Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN
    Worblenstrasse 68
    3003 Bern
    Switzerland

    Email: info@bafu.admin.ch
    Phone: +41 31 322 93 11
    Fax: +41 31 322 99 81
    Website: http://www.bafu.admin.ch/org/index.html?lang=en

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Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)

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http://www.bafu.admin.ch/org/index.html?lang=en

FOEN is the federal government’s centre of environmental expertise and is part of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications. It is responsible for ensuring that natural resources are used sustainably, that the public is protected against natural hazards, and that...

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FOEN is the federal government’s centre of environmental expertise and is part of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications. 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 unacceptable adverse impacts.

Disaster Reduction Goal

The federal agency is responsible for:
- Minimising the risks for people, the environment and property resulting from natural hazards such as avalanches, flooding, torrents, debris flows, erosion, landslides, rockfall, rockslides, debris avalanches, earthquakes and major accidents
- Ensuring comparable protection throughout Switzerland for humans, the environment and important material assets
- Advising the cantons on introducing sustainable protective measures against natural hazards as well as cofinancing these measures (implementation of the Forest and Hydraulic Engineering Act)
- Implementing integrated risk management
- Supervising the implementation of the Major Accidents Ordinance, supporting the cantons and cooperating in MAO implementation through other federal agencies
- Coordinating earthquake mitigation measures and promoting a concerted contingency policy
- Re-establishing near-natural conditions for watercourses adversely affected by hydraulic engineering (renaturation)
- Supervising flow and lake regulation
- Ensuring long-term protective functions in mountain forests

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  • Worblenstrasse 68 3003 Bern Switzerland

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