Here on the fern mountain in the Basel area farmer Frank Thommen (38) invests in the diversity of species. On his 23-hectare farm, he planted hedges and high-stem fruit trees. He placed the Branch and pile of stones.

flowers rich he mows the meadows only twice a year. Almost a quarter of the area of his cattle-breeding operation, in the meantime, to promote the diversity of species. The farmer creates a home for rare birds, lizards, weasels, and insects.

“biodiversity keeps natural pests in check, and provides fertile ground,” says Frank Thommen. Pascal king of the nature conservation organisation Birdlife Switzerland advises Thommen in his work. He knows that this has already borne fruit. “The existence of the Neuntöters has doubled here in the last few years – while it is decreasing in Switzerland.”

food threatened

Not only is the inventory of bird species such as the red-backed Shrike in a dramatic extent. Worldwide, a Million species are threatened with extinction. This was the dramatic finding of the report of the world biodiversity tätsrats, which was released on Monday.

The decline in biodiversity are threatening the livelihoods of millions of people, the report notes. Alone, the loss of pollinating insects, threatening the food value of over $ 500 billion.

in Switzerland, Too, many species are threatened with extinction, have found several reports of the Federal government. The threatened species would disappear forever, would be not only endangers the food production. A wide variety of species protects the inhabitants of the mountain areas, among other natural hazards.

conservationists are skeptical about the stopping

the loss of biodiversity, adopted by the Federal Council, 2012, “Swiss biodiversity strategy”. However, the accompanying action plan is only at the beginning of its implementation – the objectives have to be met by 2020. “Of the ten objectives, which wanted to achieve of the Federal Council by next year, he will get none,” says Werner Müller, Birdlife Switzerland.

at All, the action plan is sufficient, not even in the approach, criticized Müller. “It is based only on measures within the administration, and does not involve important stakeholders such as environmental organizations.”

Otherwise, you can see it at the Federal office for the environment. The implementation of the action plan was “on track”. Thanks to the willingness of the Federal government and the cantons to engage themselves in a financially stronger for the biodiversity, but since 2017, a variety of new projects. At the same time, grants from the Federal, however, that the implementation of the strategy takes longer than planned.