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Entlebuch Biosphere Reserve, Switzerland

The Entlebuch Biosphere Reserve is located at the foot of the Alps in the central part of Switzerland. 

Designation date: 2001


Regional network:  EuroMAB

Ecosystem-based network: 




    Surface : 39,659 ha

    • Core area(s): 3,301 ha
    • Buffer zone(s): 16,358 ha
    • Transition zone(s): 20,000 ha

    Location:  46°47' to 47°02'N; 07°51' to 08°10'E

    Administrative Authorities

    Theo Schnider
    Director, Entlebuch Biosphere Reserve
    Biospharenmanagement, Chlosterbüel 28
    6170 Schuepfheim

    Tel.: (41.41) 485 88 50
    Email: N/A

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    Ecological Characteristics

    The biosphere reserve covers some 39,000 hectares and reaches an altitude of 2,350 meters above sea level. Few regions in the country have natural and cultural landscapes that are as intact as those in Entlebuch. It includes peat bogs and raised bogs, alluvial and riverine forests, as well as complete cave systems, such as the Schrattenfluh and the Napf area. 






    Socio-Economic Characteristics

    There are some 17,000 people living in the area (2000) and the populations embarked in a highly participative approach in making the biosphere reserve proposal. Public meetings were held in the eight communities concerned, which approved the proposal with a vast majority. The inhabitants in Entlebuch aim at promoting regional products, cultivating natural resources (grass, wood, and landscape) and developing ecotourism. A project on monitoring the success of sustainable regional development is currently underway. It will develop aims and indicators for ecotourism, agriculture and forestry.





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    Last updated: December 2018