ValPar.CH – Values of the ecological infrastructure in Swiss parks

Project description

The research team analyses the values of the ecological infrastructure (EI) from a social, economic and ecological perspective. Using different scenarios, it assesses the potential development of a functioning ecological infrastructure and examines which instruments are necessary to ensure its sustainable use. When valuing the EI, the different perspectives of the stakeholders concerned, such as farmers and foresters, the general population, the municipal, cantonal and federal authorities or the environmental protection organisations, play a decisive role. Their perspectives and interests are integrated from the outset through participatory methods in the different research regions. Further information:;

Research themes

Integrated landscape management

Ecosystem management

Project details

  • Start date:
    September 1, 2020
  • End date:
    August 31, 2024
  • Location:
  • Funded by:
    Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
  • Objectives:
    Examining the benefits and added values of the ecological infrastructure (EI) in parks of national importance taking into account the stakeholders’ perspectives.

Project contact

Adrienne Grêt-Regamey

ETH Zurich, Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development, Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems (PLUS)

Team members

  • Adrienne Grêt-Regamey
  • Sven-Erik Rabe
  • Sergio Wicki
  • Benjamin Black

Participating partners

Emmanuel Reynard (UNIL); Gretchen Walters (UNIL); Norman Backhaus (UZH); Roger Keller (UZH); Raushan Bokusheva (ZHaW); Antoine Guisan (UNIL – ECOSPAT); Daniel Kübler (UZH – Political Science); Anthony Lehmann (enviroSPACE)

University of Lausanne (UNIL) – Institute of Geography and Sustainability (IGD); University of Zurich (UZH) – Department of Geography; Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHaW) – Institute of Natural Resource Sciences; University of Lausanne, Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics, ECOSPAT lab (UNIL – ECOSPAT); University of Zurich, Department of Political Science (UZH – Political Science); University of Geneva, Institute for Environmental Sciences, enviroSPACE laboratory (enviroSPACE)

Related publications

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