Val de Ruz: Example of an ecological network improvement project, Canton of Neuchâtel

Location: Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Objective: protect target species "Dusky large blue" by connecting its habitats and adapting management practices

Problems: monitoring the progress in terms of project implementation and effects of the measures on the target species

Solutions: general management of ecological compensation areas and target species conservation measures such as late mowing

Results: farmers participating in ecological compensation schemes to extensively manage their meadows

Critical factors of success: general concept development of the theoretical ecological network subsequently discussed with individual farmers

Key learning points: establishment of target flora and fauna values for each conservation measure to be financially compensated

Actors: project coordinated by a working group. Implementation by participating local farmers who were compensated for the measures they implemented

Communication: presentation, visits, conferences, article published in the press, flyers circulated to inhabitants

Financing: direct payments for ecological compensation areas, cantonal conservation  agency, Swiss landscape fund and cantonal NGOs

Map of Switzerland highlighting the Canton of Neuchâtel




Project partners


Case studies

Discussion forum




Contact us