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Federal Inventory of Dry Grasslands of National Importance (FOEN)

Dry grasslands owe their origin to agriculture: they are the result of centuries of extensive cultivation and traditional farming. With up to 100 plant species per are, they form the most species-rich plant communities in Switzerland. Thanks to this great diversity, the habitats are also very important for fauna, for example for insects.

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In accordance with the Federal Act on Protecting Nature and Cultural Heritage, the most important areas are mapped and assessed so that greater statutory protection can be granted to them through a federal inventory. Since the end of the 19th century, the stock of dry grasslands has decreased by about 90%. At the same time, indigenous species in these habitats are increasingly under pressure: Today, nearly 40% of all plant species and 50% of all animal species that depend on dry grassland sites are included in the Red List. The Federal Inventory of dry grassland sites contains 3951 sites.


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