Geneva Green Guide
Federal Office for the Environment
DescriptionThe 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.
National and local government
1971 (name changed in 2006)
Director: Bruno Oberle, who represents Switzerland as State Secretary in international environmental negotiations
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.
with UNEP and other UN and international bodies, the secretariats of the Environmental Conventions, the Global Environment Facility and foreign environment ministries.
trade & environment