Parc Naziunal Suizzer

Quick facts

  • European Diploma of Protected Areas (code CH940001)
  • Since 1967
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Administrative region: Not available
  • Surface area: 169 km2 (16870.00 ha)
  • Marine area: Not available

Source and more information: Council of Europe


Site contact authorities

Manager Director: Prof. Dr. Heinrich Haller
Information Nationalparkhaus CH-7530 Zernez
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General character of the site The Swiss National Park is a high mountain nature reserve (altitude 1500 to 3174 m), situated mainly in the Lower Engadine Dolomites. It is fully protected against human onslaughts: from the day it was established, hunting and fishing were prohibited and forest exploration and grazing ceased. It shares a border with the Italian National Park Stilfser Joch. 
Quality Category I (IUCN) 
Vulnerability In the 1996 and 1997 annual reports addressed to the Council of Europe it is pointed out that, in part as a result of the decrease in the Red Deer population, there are no ungulate population problems in the Park. Latest scientific research also shows that the ungulate population corresponds to the carrying capacity of the National Park. 
Owner The Confederation holds the park as uninhabited territory under a long-term leasing arrangement concluded with four local authorities (one exception: the Hotel Il Fuorn on the pass, which is privately owned). 
Documentation -popular and scientific publications on various species-Council of Europe - European Diploma Series (1968), Le parc national Suisse, Strasbourg-National Park magazine "Cratschla"-Scientific journal: "Nationalpark-Forschung in der Schweiz" 
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Educational interest -Wide selection available through the information centres and exhibitions in Zernez and S-charl -nature trail-information event "Zernezer Days" and conference serie "Naturama"-teacher training courses-guided walks-digital visitor information system (DIBIS) 
Cultural heritage There are traces of settlements from the Stone Age onwards. From the 11th to the 17th century there were iron, silver and lead mines in operation, and foundries near Il Fuorn; large quantities of timber are felled and floated down the Spöl and the Inn to the Hall saltworks in the Tyrol. 
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European Environment Agency (EEA)
Kongens Nytorv 6
1050 Copenhagen K
Phone: +45 3336 7100