Forest Policy 2020

Name of policy Forest Policy 2020
Jurisdiction Country
Supranational region
Country Switzerland
Region Europe


Subnational region or state
City or local
Policy objective
  • Mitigation
Type of policy instrument
  • Policy support
    • Strategic planning
    Sector name
    • Agriculture and forestry
      • Forestry
    Policy description The Swiss Confederation’s Forest Policy 2020 formulates provisions for the optimal coordination of the ecological, economic and social demands on the forest. It ensures sustainable forest management and creates favourable conditions for an efficient and innovative forestry and wood industry.

    The Forest Policy 2020 defines a total of eleven policy objectives. These concern wood harvesting potential, climate change, protective forest, biodiversity, forest area, the economic efficiency of the forestry sector, forest soil (including drinking water and tree vitality), protection against harmful organisms, the forest-wildlife balance, the leisure and recreational use of forests, and education and research (including knowledge transfer).

    Policy type
    • Non-energy1
    Policy stringency
    Implementation state Implemented
    Date of decision 2013
    Start date of implementation
    End date of implementation
    High impact No
    Impact indicator


    Source or references https://www.bafu.admin.ch/bafu/en/home/topics/forest/publications-studies/publications/forest-policy-2020.html
    Supports policies
    Is supported by policies
    Comments (background and assessment)
    Status Final

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