INSPIRE Knowledge Base

Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)

LMO Description
Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>The Federal Office for the Environment FOEN is the federal government’s centre of environmental expertise and is part of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication. The FOEN is member of the EEA and EIONET and represents Switzerland in the EEA management board.</p>
    Main Activities: 
    The FOEN is the federal environmental authority. 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 unacceptable adverse impacts. In accordance with the sustainability strategy of DETEC, the FOEN pursues the following goals: -long-term preservation and sustainable use of natural resources (land, water, forests, air, climate, biological and landscape diversity) and elimination of existing damage; -protection of the public against excessive pollution (noise, harmful organisms and substances, non-ionizing radiation, wastes, contaminated land and major incidents); -protection of people and significant assets against hydrological and geological hazards (flooding, earthquakes, avalanches, landslides, erosion and rockfalls). FOEN has been assigned the following responsibilities: -environmental monitoring, to provide a sound basis for the management of resources; -preparation of decisions, to secure a comprehensive and coherent policy of sustainable management of natural resources and prevention of natural hazards; -implementing the legal foundations, supporting enforcement partners and providing information on the state of the environment and on the appropriate use and protection of natural resources.
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    Societal Sector: 
    Federal government
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    -Conceptual spatial data modelling -Broad knowledge of environmental spatial data structures and applications
    Primary Business: 
    Environmental Management
    Environmental application domains: 
    Monitoring Biodiversity, Monitoring Wetland , Monitoring Coastal areas , Monitoring Water pollution, Monitoring Air pollution, Monitoring Soil pollution , Monitoring Waste, Climate change, Spatial Planning , Monitoring Urban sprawl, Fringe area development , Water Resources Management, Coastal Zone Management , Vegetation Management, Soil resources Management, Man-made Hazard Management, Industrial sites Management , Hazardous waste Management, Earthquake & volcano Prevention and Management, Floods & extreme weather Prevention and Management, Landslide Prevention and Management, Avalanches Prevention and Management,