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URPP Global Change and Biodiversity

Swiss National Park



The Swiss National Park was established in 1914 and serves as core zone of the Biosphere reserve Engiadina Val Müstair. One of the Alpine parks main objectives for over a century is research. Although the park is classified as a wilderness area (IUCN Ia), at its inception it was by no means an unused area. Forests and pastures were regularly and often heavily used. In this open air laboratory processes of continuous re-wilding can therefore be observed. Moreover, as a tourist area, the biosphere reserve faces challenges regarding value generation, noise pollution and the needs of hikers.

Location: 46.679719 N 10.166821 E (Grimmels)

Interested researchers are invited approach the research council with their ideas.

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