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Mechanisms of Vertical Integration


National — sub-national linkages

In Switzerland, vertical integration mechanisms are relatively strong. Linkages between the federal, regional (cantons) and local levels of governance are managed within the framework of the ‘Sustainable Development Forum’. The Forum was set up in 2001 as an initiative of the Federal Office for Spatial Development. Forum events involve representatives from cantons and cities and take place once a year. The Forum is dedicated to exchanging information on current SD projects and plans, starting up new SD projects, monitoring, and on promoting participation possibilities.

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The intensity of vertical cooperation among the various participants has increased on various issues (i.e. sustainable tourism), but also on methodical approaches (i.e. development of new indicators) resulting in the introduction of new instruments in cantons and cities (i.e. Sustainability Assessment).


This Country Profile has been last updated on: Monday, 18 July 2016

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