Think about nature conservation during the planning process

Switzerland’s natural resources are increasingly exploited. Intense construction, including outside the designated building zone, recreational pursuits and the expansion of the urban sprawl place constant pressure on our natural landscape. This makes it all the more important to protect, connect and enhance the ecology of habitats.

It is possible to take appropriate measures to alleviate conflicts of interest by adopting a forward-looking approach to project development and incorporating the necessary specialist expertise at an early stage. We will support you to plan and implement your project in a sustainable manner in harmony with nature.


Our services:

  • Ecological surveys and evaluations of habitats and paths between habitats, habitat monitoring
  • Planning and implementing measures for ecological alternatives within construction projects, as well as habitat improvement schemes
  • Developing ecological plans and detailed projects for various types of habitat
  • Surveying and monitoring neophytes, evaluating and designing control measures

Your contact in German-speaking Switzerland:

Daniel Sabathy Divisional manager: Environmental Planning
Diploma in Biological Sciences ETH (Federal Institute of Technology) +41 44 839 47 76 More

Your contact in French-speaking Switzerland:

Stefan Fuchs Partner, Fribourg branch manager
Diploma in Geological Sciences BENEFRI UniFR Geologist CHGEOL +41 26 422 39 55 More

Case studies

Ecological replacement and upgrading measures, Windisch

During remediation of a contaminated site, the project perimeter was recultivated to a near-natural state and ecologically upgraded. Various small structures for wild bees, insects, birds and small mammals were created and ecologically valuable and species-rich revegetation was selected.


Uncovering the village stream in Stetten (AG), Ecological construction monitoring

A culverted stream was uncovered and renaturalised over a length of approx 100 m as part of the construction of a residential development in the former industrial area. The new course of the stream was almost the same as the culvert, which resulted in complex relocation requirements.


Construction of new ZSC Lions’ ice hockey stadium, Zurich, Inventory, clearing and soil removal in an area with large-scale neophyte coverage

As the owner of the former allotments, Zurich City Council was responsible for clearing the site to allow for the construction of the new ice hockey stadium. Almost all of the project site was covered in various types of neophytes.


Schlossmatt Development, Kilchberg - Construction project on a site with extensive Japanese knotweed (neophyte) coverage

As part of a construction project, the extensive neophyte coverage was removed and the contaminated soil was disposed of. The roots and rhizomes of the Japanese knotweed had to be excavated to a depth of approximately 3-4 m as part of the complete remediation of the site.


Extension of the Zurich Herdern service systems, ecological Replacement measures, habitat assessment

The extension structures for the newly built SBB service system are located on the contaminated Herdern site, a previous landfill site as well as an area with valuable fauna that provides a habitat for various, protected animal and plant species. Various measures for the protection of the fauna and flora had to be implemented as part of an environmentally compatible project implementation (requirements in the environmental impact report).