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New national park is a step closer

The Federal Environment Office has given its approval to a project to create a second National Park in southeastern Switzerland.

This content was published on August 27, 2010 - 11:29

It has granted financial aid to help in the setting up of the Adula Park straddling the border of cantons Graubünden and Ticino, it said in a statement.

Switzerland already has a national park in Graubünden, in the Engadine, which dates from 1914. This second one would be 1,000km² in size and include the breathtaking Greina Plateau, designated a natural monument of national importance.

The park has been given SFr686,000 ($669,000) for the period 2010-2011. It would be the first national park under a new law which only grants park status to projects that come from a regional initiative and have local community backing.

Overall, the Environment Office wants to raise the profile of its parks of national importance. It is planning a label “Swiss Parks” which focuses on tourism and special local qualities.

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