Pro Natura (Switzerland)

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Pro Natura
(in German) Schweizerischen Bund für Naturschutz
(in French) Ligue suisse pour la protection de la nature
(in Italian) Lega svizzera per la protezione della natura
(in Romansh) Lia svizra per la protecziun da la natira
(in English) Swiss League for the Protection of Nature
About 120[1]
Formerly called
Swiss League for the Protection of Nature[4]
The Limmatspitz nature reserve of Pro Natura Aargau

Pro Natura, founded in 1909 in


Pro Natura takes care of about 700

square kilometres, of which 60 square kilometres are owned by Pro Natura).[1]


In 1909, representatives of the

Swiss Society of Natural Sciences founded the Swiss League for the Protection of Nature (German: Schweizerischen Bund für Naturschutz, French: Ligue suisse pour la protection de la nature) to fund and create the Swiss National Park (inaugurated in 1914).[4] In 2000, Pro Natura launched a campaign supporting the creation of a second Swiss National Park.[5]

In 1947, the Swiss League for the Protection of Nature organised an international conference on the

Between 1958 and 1963, the Swiss League for the Protection of Nature, together with the

Since 1995, Pro Natura has been a member of the global environmental network Friends of the Earth.[4] In 1997, the Swiss League for the Protection of Nature adopted the name Pro Natura.[4][7]



The four main objectives of Pro Natura are:[2]

They reach their objectives through:[2]

  • Protection of nature at the political level (campaigns,
    federal popular initiatives
    , etc.)
  • Nature protection in the field (nature reserves)
  • Environmental education (
    nature centres
    , activities for schools, etc.)
  • Communication (Pro Natura magazine)


In 2020, 3 women left the Vaud division of Pro Natura, after having been subjected in 2018 and 2019 to behaviors cited as humiliating and demeaning by the executive secretary Michel Bongard.[8] Although relieved of certain managerial functions, Bongard remains in office. According to the president of the Vaud chapter, Serge Fischer, who mentioned the possibility of filing a complaint because a confidentiality agreement had been established with the victims, the problem is limited to managerial errors.  Despite the introduction of a charter for equality in December 2019, women remain a significant minority at the head of the organization.[8]


Pro Natura also draws public attention to grievances. The foundation started a media campaign in November 2014 calling for action by the federal authorities regarding excess inventory in the structures for breeding livestock and the eutrophication of fields, which has increased massively since the 1990s, particularly in the case of phosphorus.[9]

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c d e "Pro Natura – Switzerland’s number one in conservation" (page visited on 15 March 2018).
  2. ^ a b c (in French) "Pro Natura - Agir pour la nature, partout !" (page visited on 26 July 2016).
  3. ^ (in French) Adresses des sections Pro Natura (page visited on 26 July 2016).
  4. ^ a b c d (in French) "Pro Natura - au service de la nature depuis plus de 100 ans" (page visited on 26 July 2016).
  5. ^ (in French) "« Créons ensemble un nouveau parc national ! » - l'historique de la campagne Pro Natura" (page visited on 26 July 2016).
  6. ^ a b c d (in French) "Les 10 succès de Pro Natura" (page visited on 26 July 2016).
  7. Pro Specie Rara
    , Pro Velo, etc.
  8. ^ a b Maspoli, Philippe (19 October 2020). "Protection de la nature – Le départ tendu de trois salariées a forcé Pro Natura à se réformer". 24 heures (in French). Retrieved 1 December 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "10vor10 vom 17.11.2014" (in German). Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014.

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