‘Biodiversity’ module

The forest serves as habitat for around 60% of the plants, animals and fungi that occur in Switzerland. The quality of Swiss forests and forest edges is monitored at the national level through the NFI. Key indicators are deadwood, old trees/stands, structural diversity and the naturalness of the stocking. In the current NFI5, tree microhabitats are also being surveyed for the first time. The aim is to continuously adapt the NFI data catalogue to reflect the current state of knowledge and needs, and to optimise the assessment accordingly.

Results from the Biodiversity module of the NFI are included in national and international forest reports, as well as in reports prepared by Biodiversity Monitoring Switzerland (BDM indicators E3, E8, E9, E10) and in the national indicator system Monitoring Sustainable Development (MONET).